When preparing to go through a divorce, there are both steps you need to take and mistakes you need to avoid. Here are seven common mistakes that can negatively impact the outcome of your divorce, including some that can potentially get you into legal trouble:

Mistake #1: Attempting to Hide Assets or Conceal Information

Attempting to hide assets or conceal information during a divorce can get you into trouble. It also almost never works. During a divorce, each spouse is entitled to disclosure of all relevant financial information; and, if you attempt to withhold information, your spouse’s attorney can use a variety of methods to discover what you have withheld.

Mistake #2: Not Making Copies of Your Financial Records

On the same token, if you have a complete and up-to-date picture of your family’s finances, you will have a leg up in uncovering any attempts by your spouse to hide assets that are subject to distribution or that are relevant to calculating alimony and child support. Make copies, and make sure you keep them in a safe place until you can give them to your attorney.

Mistake #3: Changing Locks and Passwords

Unless advised to do so by your attorney, you should not change the locks to your family home (or any other property) or change the passwords for any shared financial accounts. If you fear for your safety or are concerned that your spouse will drain your accounts, there are efficient legal means for securing any necessary protection.

Mistake #4: Keeping Your Children from Your Spouse

It is also important that you not attempt to keep your children from your spouse absent a court order. If you and your spouse have separated, you can obtain a temporary custody order while your divorce is pending; and, if necessary, you can obtain a protective order for domestic violence.

Mistake #5: Assuming There is No Hope for an Amicable Resolution

Even if you and your spouse are completely at odds, it is still very possible that you will be able to work out an amicable resolution to your divorce. There are a few options available for avoiding contentious litigation; and, when both spouses commit to the process, the vast majority of divorces can be finalized without court intervention.

Mistake #6: Overlooking Important Considerations

Which of your assets are “separate property” (and therefore not subject to distribution)? Are there steps you need to take to improve your chances of securing custody? Getting divorced has important long-term consequences, and you need to make sure you do not overlook any key considerations.

Mistake #7: Rushing Through (or Dragging Out) the Process

If you rush through your divorce, you are more likely to overlook issues that could lead to more legal proceedings (and more legal expenses) down the line. Conversely, if you drag out your divorce by missing appointments and delaying proceedings unnecessarily, you will make the process more difficult for everyone involved. The best way to approach your divorce is with a clear understanding of the issues, processes and procedures involved, and with a commitment to achieving a positive outcome as efficiently as possible.

Contact Knowledgeable McKinney Divorce Lawyers Today

If you live in the McKinney, TX area and are considering a divorce, we invite you to meet with one of our attorneys to learn more about what you can expect over the weeks and months to come. To schedule a free and confidential consultation, please call (214) 726-1450 or contact us online today.