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Mistakes Made in Divorce Cases Can Be Costly
The process of going through a divorce is difficult for everyone involved. Proceedings can be lengthy, personal lives tend to be exposed, and degrees of anger, regret and emotional pain often come with the territory.
Some divorce proceedings go relatively smoothly, and some couples do reach a divorce rather amicably. But many divorce cases are hotly contested. And unfortunately, any misstep or miscalculation by one spouse can be taken advantage of by the other.
Common Mistakes during the Divorce Process
Cooler heads will often prevail as divorce proceedings run their course. Regardless of the resentment or anger one spouse might be feeling toward the other, it is important for those involved to maintain a respectful and calm demeanor. When heightened emotions influence decisions, it could have a negative effect on the outcome of a divorce case.
It is also vital to keep all records such as tax information, lists of assets, bills, receipts, bank statements, property-related paperwork and any other important documents organized and secure. If one spouse is disorganized, sloppy, the significant other and their divorce attorney could gain an advantage.
There could also be negative ramifications for a spouse who leaves the home. It is strongly advised that spouses consult with their divorce attorneys before considering to move out of the marital house. In some situations, having a separation agreement in place will limit the possibility of accusations and other damage that can result from one spouse leaving the home. But without any protection or knowledge of their rights, the exiting spouse may be subject to desertion charges, or at the very least, may lose some child visitation privileges.
Divorce can be a complex, confusing and at times agonizing undertaking. Therefore, it is critical for an individual going through a divorce to find an experienced attorney with a thorough understanding of divorce law to advise and guide them through the process.
At any time during or after the divorce case, a parent may request that a child support order be modified. Modification is granted in order to meet changes in the needs of the children. For example, if a child develops special medical needs, the court may modify child support to require that a parent pay to meet those needs. It is also possible for the court to modify a child support order when there are changes in a parent's ability to pay the original support order. For example, if a parent loses his or her job, the court may decrease the child support payment to reflect the loss in income. In the alternative, the court may increase child support payments if a parent gets a raise or wins the lottery.
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