James R. Schaffer, P.A.

Avoiding mistakes in a divorce case

| Oct 31, 2019 | Divorce |

A divorce can be one of the most impactful events in a Floridian’s life. There is no denying the complete change that can go into effect for a man or woman who is ending a marriage to go on with their separate life, sometimes, after years of being married. As important as a divorce case is, it is important to avoid mistakes.

A recent news article pointed out some mistakes that men, in particular, make when it comes to divorce cases, but some of the mistakes noted in the article should equally be avoided by women as well. One of the primary mistakes the article points to are the discussions — and promises — made between the soon-to-be ex-spouses, both before and during the actual legal proceedings of the divorce case. If, for example, one said they were going to give some asset to the spouse, the promisor better believe they will be held to that promise in the courtroom.

Another mistake divorcing couples make is when they try to “bully” each other in the legal proceedings. Yes, emotions can be a significant part of any given divorce case, but using anger or other emotions to attempt to push a soon-to-be ex-spouse toward specific divorce terms can be a mistake. In fact, for many cases, it is best to attempt mediation, in which a neutral third-party can pass certain proposals for settlement terms back-and-forth between the spouses.

Lastly, the article mentioned that it is important to understand that asking for help when it is needed is usually a good move. Divorcing spouses can feel very isolated. Getting the right legal information and emotional support can help.