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Most prevalent divorce errors revolve around decision-making

North Carolina couples who go through separations often run into mistakes during the process. According to experts, these errors fall into a few top categories, and the emotional connotations of divorces may make them worse for spouses who aren't careful.

Many mistakes arise when spouses fail to make good decisions while they're going through their divorce. Counselors and mediators say that many of their clients lack the basic understanding of family law needed to choose options that benefit them later on. As a result, these individuals may wind up having to live with situations and consequences that they didn't expect. Advisors say that although it's important to seek legal advice, such counsel should be used as a supplement to one's own knowledge. Decisions made without adequate knowledge can even result in dire financial situations where alimony or support is insufficient.

Divorce mediators say that it's important to make level-headed decisions. Many divorcees who bring drama into courtroom situations or negotiations find that it only makes the process more difficult, and it doesn't take a lot of emotional negativity to cause such a situation. Mediators note that many angry court battles arise from what seem like average relationship problems and that therapy and external counseling is often necessary to help spouses separate their feelings from the legal realities that are best for their futures.

Divorcees who didn't plan things out in advance often find themselves in untenable financial positions after all is said and done. As a result, many people seek legal counsel before they even tell their partners about their desire to separate. A family law attorney could be a valuable third party during a separation that would otherwise be contentious and fueled by anger and spite. The attorney could help the divorcing spouses negotiate regarding tough issues such as property division or child custody.

Source: Huffington Post, "The 5 Worst Mistakes People Make During Divorce", Michelle Rozen, July 24, 2013

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