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Going Through A Divorce? What You Should Not Do Until It Is Finalized

If you are currently going through a divorce, there are things you should not do until it is finalized. Doing these things will make the divorce take much longer, as they can cause many problems. Below is some information about this so you can get through the divorce with no problems.


If you would like to date someone, do not do it until the divorce is over. The court looks at you and your spouse as a couple until the divorce is finalized. If the judge sees that you are already dating someone, this is a risk for you. Depending on the state that you live in, the judge may consider the fact that you are dating someone when considering how much spousal support to give you. This is even true if the person you are dating does not live with you fulltime. This is because the judge may think this other person will help you with finances and give you expensive gifts.

If you have children, dating may affect the custody hearing. If you have an older child, the court may ask them for their opinion. If they do not like the person you are dating, they may tell the judge this, and this will likely sway the judge towards your spouse when making decisions.

Refuse Mediation or Negotiations

If your spouse wants to hire a mediator to help with the divorce, you should agree to do so.  This person can help you with things like child custody, retirement, child support, the division of money, and much more.

Your spouse may also suggest negotiations between your divorce attorney and their attorney. If you can take care of things without going to court, this will save you a lot of time and money. If you refuse these things and the case does go to court, the judge will look at you as someone that is not reasonable.

Choose Not to Hire a Divorce Attorney

If you plan to not hire a divorce attorney to help save money this is a bad decision. This is especially true if you and your spouse have large assets, a lot of property, large bank accounts, and more. If you do not hire an attorney, you will likely not get your fair share of the things you and your spouse currently own.

The divorce attorney can help you every step of the way to ensure you make no mistakes. This will help the process go much quicker. A divorce attorney will also be needed if your divorce goes to court, as this person can represent you and ensure you are treated fairly.