Divorce is a challenging and emotional process that requires careful planning and thoughtful decisions. Whether you’re contemplating divorce or already in the midst of it, knowing the essential do’s and don’ts can help you navigate this difficult time more smoothly. Here are key points to consider:

The Do’s of Divorce

Do Seek Professional Legal Advice

One of the first steps in the divorce process should be consulting with a qualified divorce attorney who will look out for your and your children’s best interests. At Andersen Law PC, we offer a free consultation to discuss your unique situation, helping you understand your rights and responsibilities. We are also proud to offer unbundled legal services, which means you are empowered to choose whether to hire us to handle your entire case and represent you in court or only assist you as needed if you choose to represent yourself.

Do Gather and Organize Financial Documents

Having a clear picture of your financial situation is vital. Collect and organize all financial documents, including bank statements, tax returns, property deeds, and investment accounts. This will help in equitable distribution of assets and debts.

Do Consider Mediation or Collaborative Divorce

Mediation or collaborative divorce can be less adversarial and more cost-effective than traditional litigation. These methods encourage cooperation and can lead to amicable agreements that work for both parties.

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Do Prioritize the Well-Being of Your Children

Children are often the most affected by divorce. Prioritize their emotional and psychological well-being. Communicate openly and honestly with them, and try to maintain a stable routine. Here are eight ways you can help your children through your divorce, from the perspective of a child of divorce.

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Do Keep Open and Respectful Communication

Effective communication with your spouse can ease the divorce process. Be respectful and try to negotiate in good faith. This can lead to more amicable settlements and reduce stress for the whole family.

Don’ts of Divorce

Don’t Make Major Financial Decisions Without Consulting Your Attorney

Avoid making significant financial decisions, such as selling property or withdrawing large sums of money, without consulting your attorney. Such actions can have legal implications and affect the outcome of your divorce.

Don’t Involve Your Children in Marital Conflicts

Keep your children out of marital conflicts. Don’t use them as messengers or speak negatively about your spouse in their presence. Shielding them from conflict helps protect their emotional and mental health.

Don’t Ignore Temporary Court Orders

Temporary court orders regarding custody, support and property must be followed until the divorce is finalized. Ignoring these orders can lead to legal penalties and negatively impact your case.

Don’t Post About Your Divorce on Social Media

Avoid sharing details about your divorce on social media. Posts can be used as evidence in court and might negatively influence your case. Keep your private matters off public platforms.

Don’t Rush Through the Divorce Process

While it’s understandable to want to move on, rushing through the divorce process can lead to mistakes and unfavorable outcomes. Take the time to understand each step and make informed decisions. Our free, downloadable divorce process flow chart and document tracking form can help you ensure you don’t overlook anything.

Divorce is a significant life event that requires careful consideration and strategic planning. By following these dos and don’ts, you can navigate the process more effectively, protect your interests, and work toward a fair resolution. For your free divorce consultation with an Andersen Law PC attorney, call us at 720-922-3880 or visit BethLynnAndersenJD.com.


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