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Divorce mistakes to avoid

Divorce can be a confusing process for Georgia residents. However, spouses who are aware of mistakes that are commonly made during the process may be able to avoid some of the most common pitfalls and can make the situation seem less complicated.

One of the most common mistakes that people make during the divorce process is trying to remain friends with the former spouse. There is a difference between trying to make a divorce amicable and making the process more difficult by not allowing time to heal emotionally. Second, it is important to avoid hasty decision-making. People who divorce are often excited about a fresh start and may make major life decisions such as a new car, new place to live or a new, serious relationship. Some people benefit from taking time to process these decisions and make them when the person is in a more settled emotional state. 

Third, some experts recommend that spouses not suppress how they feel. It is a complicated process, and people can benefit from expressing their emotions. Fourth, divorce is not an excuse for bad behavior. It may excuse some things like poor eating or sleeping habits, but some people use the divorce as a crutch, rather than focusing on the positive aspects of the transition.

Another major mistake some people make during a divorce is trying to handle the process alone. Friends and family provide emotional support, but they are not legal experts. A local attorney can help negotiate important issues such as child custody, spousal support, division of high-value assets or child support. Where agreement is impossible, an attorney may be able to argue these issues before the judge to help obtain a favorable outcome.

Source: Huffington Post, "5 Common Divorce Mistakes," Allison Pescosolido, April 8, 2013 

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