What common divorce mistakes should I avoid in New York?

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When a couple decides to terminate their marriage, this difficult choice will upend their entire life. As such, the dissolution of a marriage is often a source of emotional turmoil and stress. While it’s natural for the parties involved to experience an array of emotions during this complex legal process, it’s essential to avoid letting negative emotions cloud one’s judgment. If a couple fails to separate their feelings from behavior, it can lead to unfavorable divorce terms. Unfortunately, many couples make mistakes that result in long-lasting financial and emotional consequences. Please continue reading to learn what common mistakes to avoid while navigating a divorce and how a determined Suffolk County Divorce & Separation Attorney can fight for you today. 

What are the common mistakes to avoid while navigating a divorce in New York?

While navigating a divorce, taking the necessary precautions is imperative to avoid making common mistakes that could jeopardize your future. Firstly, you should remain level-headed, keeping your emotions in check to avoid making hasty decisions that have serious ramifications. It’s crucial to approach the divorce process with a clear and rational mindset, free from the influence of your emotional distress. This will help ensure that the terms that will apply to the termination of the marriage are fair and equitable for both parties. Ultimately, you should ensure you don’t let your emotions cloud your judgment.

Moreover, another common mistake couples make when undergoing a divorce is not considering taxes when creating a settlement agreement. A divorce settlement agreement will include the division of marital assets and the child and spousal support award. As such, it’s imperative to consider the tax consequences, especially if the settlement involves the division of retirement or pension plans. If you fail to consider the taxes, you could be faced with child support, spousal support, or property division awards that are devalued. In addition, many individuals fail to update their estate plans to reflect their current life changes. When you decide to end your marriage, you must revise your estate plan to ensure that your wishes are carried out as you intended upon your death based on your current circumstances.

Should I hire a divorce attorney?

Furthermore, couples’ biggest mistake is trying to navigate this intricate legal process alone. To maximize your chances of achieving the best possible outcome, it’s in your best interest to enlist the legal assistance of an experienced attorney. It would be best if you were completely honest with your attorney. If you fail to disclose crucial information regarding your case, you will place yourself at a disadvantage, possibly leading to unfavorable divorce terms. Therefore, you should be open and honest with your attorney, regardless of the issue, as they will not judge you. Ultimately, it would be best not to allow your former spouse to convince you not to hire an attorney. You must hire a qualified attorney to ensure your interests are adequately represented, and your rights are safeguarded throughout this process.

If a divorce is imminent, please don’t hesitate to contact a skilled attorney from The Law Offices of Susan A Kassell, P.C., who can help ensure you do not enter into a disadvantageous agreement.

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