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The worst mistakes you can make in a divorce

If you are currently going through or considering a divorce, you know the decision to dissolve your marriage is never easy. As you continue through the legal and emotional processes involved in your Maryland divorce, you are more likely to encounter significant roadblocks that you may, at first, think are insurmountable. Legal experts say a few simple tips can help you get past the big decisions during divorce that may initially seem impossible.

First, be sure you are well-educated about the implications of the decisions you are making during your legal separation. You can accomplish this by consulting a highly qualified attorney, reading more about divorce and talking to a variety of professionals including mediators and therapists. The more information you have, the more active role you can play in your divorce, which attorneys and other team members strongly encourage. On that note, be sure you do not simply hand over the reins of your divorce to your attorney. Even though this person may be eminently qualified, he or she cannot know every single emotional and financial need you may need fulfilled. The better your communication with your lawyer, the better your divorce outcome is likely to be.

While going through a breakup is generally painful, experts say you should avoid lashing out in anger during your divorce. Court battles can quickly become exorbitantly expensive. Stay away from unnecessary drama and stick to the big decisions. For example, focusing on child custody provisions instead of the future of that vacation trinket will be a better choice in the end.

Finally, do not sell yourself short by settling for less money or visitation time than you deserve. Many people submit to provisions that are undesirable simply because they want to speed up their divorce process. A qualified divorce lawyer is the best resource for helping you understand the timeline and procedures involved in your split. Contact one of these experienced professionals today to find out more about your legal and financial options.

Source:, "The worst 5 mistakes people make during divorce" Michelle Rozen, Jul. 24, 2013

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