One of the biggest mistakes couples make when they’ve decided their marriage is over is try to rush through the divorce process. Emotions are high, and some spouses want to be over-polite, and some couples want to avoid using lawyers all together.
We get it, sometimes you just want the whole ordeal to be over with, but trying to rush a serious legal proceeding is never a good idea. Here are a few things you may encounter if you’re trying to make your divorce as quick as possible:
Unfair division of assets
Splitting up assets is one of the most time-consuming parts of a divorce, especially for couples who have been together for a long time. It’s important to take your time with this. Take time to review your records, as well as your debts and work through these issues as much as possible in mediation. Remember that debts may follow you after divorce, even if you think the debt belongs only to your spouse. Take time to ensure joint banking accounts and credit cards are closed and that your former spouse won’t have the opportunity to put anything in your name.
Missed valuations during settlements
You may not realize the value of all the assets that you and your spouse have earned together. The settlement process allows you to learn the true value and also discover assets your spouse may have been hiding. This time also allows you to talk about child support and tax obligations and create workable solutions.
If you suspect your divorce will be heading for trial, you want your attorney to have all the time they need to build your case. They need to gather evidence and testimonies and really understand the two of you as a couple. Trying to rush could cause them to miss something that would have been helpful in court.
Lack of Good Legal Advice
If you rush your divorce, then you may miss out on good legal advice. That may cause you to reach agreements in your divorce that are not in your best interest or that may not be in your children’s best interest.
It doesn’t happen often but there are times when a couple thinks they want a divorce and end up calling it off. It would be a shame to make that decision after the paperwork is final, making things even more complicated. If you are feeling at all unsure about ending a marriage, take your time making that decision and moving forward with the process.
Divorce is never easy or simple and it shouldn’t be treated that way. Don’t be afraid to let the process run its course so you can get the settlement you deserve.
Pangerl Law Firm P.L.L.C. focuses on divorce, child custody, mother’s and father’s rights, child support, and all other areas of family law, as well as personal injury claims. Our office is located in Deer Valley and serves the greater Phoenix area, including the communities of Scottsdale, Peoria, Glendale, Cave Creek, Avondale, Goodyear, Surprise, Mesa, Tempe, Anthem, New River, North Phoenix and Phoenix. For more information, call: 602-942-6200.