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Getting Divorced? Here Are 5 Things You Shouldn't Do Next

Law Blog

All divorces have a certain amount of difficulty, but some divorces end up being a lot more difficult than others. That's unfortunate because a difficult divorce equals an expensive divorce. It also means more stress and hassles than you need during this particular time of your life.

There are ways, however, that you can make divorce a little easier on yourself (and your bank account). Here are 5 things that you should never do during a divorce:

1. Take on more debt.

If you're thinking that a little "retail therapy" might make you feel better about your divorce, and you anticipate sticking your ex-spouse with half of the bills, think again. Most courts will put a freeze into action as soon as the first paperwork is filed that will prohibit you from incurring more debt. If you do, that debt will probably be all yours, and yours alone, after the divorce.

2. Rely on informal agreements.

Did you and your spouse come to an understanding about who gets to keep the house and the car? Great! Get it in writing. The same goes with every other agreement you make regarding your marital assets and debts. If a bargain isn't reflected in your actual divorce paperwork, it may as well not exist. You could suddenly find your spouse unwilling to uphold his or her end of the deal and no proof it ever happened if you're relying on an informal agreement.

3. Keep using a joint account.

You and your spouse may, out of necessity, continue to use a joint account during your divorce to pay for joint expenses only, like the household bills, repairs, groceries, and items for the children. Do not use your joint account to pay for any personal expenses, big or small.

You can bet that your spouse is scrutinizing every purchase you make. Your spouse might be inclined to use the evidence of your purchases to claim that you're wasting marital funds on your own, frivolous desires. That could ultimately cause a judge to award you a lesser share of the assets in your divorce.

4. Do anything you don't want the judge to hear about.

This covers a whole host of issues that can complicate a divorce case, from getting a drunk driving charge to stalking your spouse on Facebook (or in person). Aside from being embarrassing, something like that could cause you to end up with a legal record, alienate the judge in your case, and (if you have children) cost your custody.

5. Decide to handle your case without assistance.

Sure, you can file your divorce case without representation -- but that's generally not a good idea. A divorce attorney has the necessary skills and experience to help you understand all the long-term consequences of your financial decisions and can protect your legal interests.

For more information, contact a company like Katzman Logan Halper & Bennett today.


30 June 2019