When you’re planning for divorce or moving through the process, you may assume that you have everything in order. What you don’t realize is that something bad could be creeping up on you, eventually getting in your way and making it difficult to reach the end of the road.

Here are four divorce mistakes that have a way of sneaking up on you:

  • Neglecting to understand the financial impact: There are many sides of this. For example, you need to create a property division checklist. You should also have a list of all your joint debts. Additionally, since you’re losing the other person’s income, you may need to adjust your personal budget accordingly.
  • Letting your emotions get the best of you: Even though you’ll be emotional during this difficult time, you can’t let it stand between you and a successful divorce. Keeping your emotions in check will allow you to more quickly and efficiently reach a resolution.
  • Focusing too much attention on yourself, and not enough on your kids: Yes, you need to do what’s best for you, but at the same time your kids are top priority.
  • Neglecting to plan for the future: As you focus on the here and now, you may overlook the impact of divorce on your future. Things such as tax implications associated with property division should be on your radar.

Even if you have every intention of avoiding these divorce mistakes, they could creep up on you along the way. Make sure you know the steps to take and how to protect your rights during divorce, as this will help prevent unnecessary trouble.