When going through a divorce, it's easy to slip into the trap of doing whatever it takes to quickly put this chapter of your life in the past. With this approach, you're more likely to make a mistake that costs you money and time, while also adding more stress to your life in the future.

Here are some of the most common divorce mistakes to protect against:

  • Neglecting to create a property division and debt checklist: Without this, you have no idea of what property and debts need to be divided in your divorce. This can lead to trouble such as your spouse hiding assets from the court, taking on debt that the other person brought into the marriage and losing out on an asset that you individually own.
  • Letting your emotions guide your thinking: You'll deal with many emotions in divorce, but it's imperative to remain cool, calm and collected when making key decisions. If you let your anger, sadness and resentment get in the way, you're likely to make a rash decision that doesn't benefit you.
  • Putting your kids in the middle: If you have kids together, you should be protecting them. You shouldn't be doing anything that puts them at risk, such as asking them to take sides.

While it's scary to think about all the mistakes you could make, it's nice to know that all of these are preventable with the right approach.

Keep calm, learn more about your legal rights and take all the necessary steps in protecting yourself before, during and after the divorce process.

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