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Improve your divorce results by avoiding these 3 mistakes

It's hard enough to make the difficult decision to move forward with a divorce. Then, once you've made that decision, you need to manage and navigate your divorce in the right way if you hope to end your marriage peacefully and cost-effectively while protecting your parental and property division rights. With this in mind, here are few mistakes you'll want to avoid when navigating your divorce process:

Make sure your expectations are realistic

Your divorce should be viewed as a business transaction that will happen in a certain way according to the law. When you understand the law, you'll understand your legal rights and what you can reasonably expect from the divorce process. This kind of understanding will be invaluable when you're negotiating with your soon-to-be ex, as you'll know what battles are worth fighting, and which issues you should drop or let go of.

Listen to the right people when taking advice

You may have many friends and relatives who step forward to offer you divorce advice. Although these people may be trying to look out for you, they may not have an accurate assessment of the situation and what you can lawfully achieve. When it comes to the legal aspect of your divorce, only listen to someone who is qualified to offer such advice.

Be honest and upfront

If you try to hide anything during the divorce process, it could end up hurting you in the long run. Courts view dishonest or non-forthcoming spouses poorly, and they tend to reward the spouse who is open and transparent during legal proceedings.

Your divorce doesn't have to be contentious or difficult if you go about it in the right way. Plan your divorce carefully -- with an in-depth understanding of the law -- and you'll be well on your way to the most stress-free divorce that's possible for your situation.

Source: Forbes, "Alleviate Divorce Pain By Avoiding These 7 Common Mistakes," Michael F. Fay, accessed May 17, 2018

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