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There is really no other way to say it. Divorce is tough. It may be the toughest thing you have to go through. This can be true regardless of how amiable you are with your soon-to-be former spouse. It can be true regardless of how cooperative you both are during the divorce process. It will be a big adjustment. Things will change. It all can wear you down physically, mentally, and emotionally. Despite the challenges that lay before you, it is important that you stay centered and focused on what is important. While divorce can be tough, there are certainly mistakes and missteps that can make it exponentially more difficult. To help you avoid these pitfalls, we will discuss some of them here.

Mistakes to Avoid During Divorce

Emotions can run high during divorce. You may be feeling a lot of anger. You may be feeling resentful. This is extremely common in divorce proceedings and there is nothing wrong with feeling these things. It would be a mistake, however, to act on these feelings in unproductive ways. For instance, you may be looking for ways to get back at your spouse for what they have put you through. The truth is, however, that making the divorce process difficult for your spouse is very likely to make it much more difficult on yourself as well. Being uncooperative and combative will only lead to dragging things out and causing what can be extensive and expensive delays in the process.

Your feelings of ill will towards your spouse may also make it tempting to try and cause a rift between them and your children. You may not be doing it intentionally, but even offhand, negative comments about your coparent can do significant damage. Unfortunately, children often bear the brunt of this damage. Anything that intentionally or unintentionally alienates your children from their other parent is a mistake and can lead to so much unnecessary hurt. It can also have significant consequences when it comes to child custody determinations. After all, Texas family courts presume that it is in the best interest of the child to maintain a healthy relationship with both parents. If a parent is shown to be jeopardizing the child’s relationship with their other parent, it can count against you in custody determinations.

You should also honor the fact that divorce is a major transitionary period in your life. Hold off on making other big life choices. You may be in a rush to create and build a new life. You may want to go out and make big purchases. This kind of thinking, however, can land you with significant new debt when your financial situation may be, in large part, up in the air. Managing your money and your purchases is really important with a divorce pending.

Family Law Attorneys

The dedicated family law team at Navarrete & Schwartz will stand by your side, protecting your best interests throughout the divorce process. We are proud to serve the residence of Midland, Texas. Contact us today.