Divorce is never easy. However, there are some common pitfalls many people face when navigating the divorce process in Texas. On the list of pitfalls are 10 specific things every divorcing couples should avoid.
First of all, both parties to a divorce should not portray themselves as victims. For that matter, a divorcing person should not consider themselves a victim. It is recommended that couples avoid the blame game, no matter what circumstances led to the split.
Both parties of a divorce should avoid speaking ill of his or her ex-spouse in front of their children. A child’s self-esteem can be greatly affected when parents fight continuously or speak poorly of one another. It is recommended that parents find other outlets for discussing emotions. If parents make a mistake, and accidentally speak poorly a co-parent, he or she is encouraged to quickly apologize to the child or children involved.
It is also recommended that couples avoid using the courtroom as the battlefield in an effort to satisfy a need for revenge. Additionally, each party to a divorce should prepare an affidavit telling his or her side of the story concerning the divorce. It is also recommended that couples avoid addressing a parenting plan and asset division simultaneously.
People who are facing divorce should avoid becoming involved with someone else until the divorce is finalized. Additionally, couples should avoid allowing emotions to propel various situations surrounding the split. Divorcing couples should not base financial decisions on emotional attachment to material things; take for example, a family home
Finally, divorcing couples are advised to avoid prolonging important decisions and to avoid allowing divorce to define them as people. Divorce can be difficult, but it is only an event in one’s life – not the defining factor in one’s life. Utilizing the right resources when navigating a divorce in Texas can make the transition from being a couple to single life much easier to bear.
Source: Huffington Post, “Getting Divorced? 10 Mistakes to Avoid,” Karen Stewart, June 27, 2013