A Maryland divorce is rarely a smooth process for anyone. However, there are missteps you may make that can make things worse for yourself. Divorce does not have to be a legal slugfest. By avoiding common mistakes, you can at least keep things from spiraling out of control.
Try to communicate
One of the biggest errors people make is closing off the lines of communication with their soon-to-be-ex spouses. When you are talking, you at least leave open the possibility that you can have an amicable resolution to your divorce. It is best to be able to talk directly to your ex and not always through an attorney. Communication should be civil and not adversarial. Many couples make the mistake of thinking that a divorce must involve conflict. Instead, they can mediate and peacefully resolve the issues.
Do not expect everything financially
Many individuals think that divorce means that they must stick it to their ex-spouses financially. They are trying to get as much for themselves as possible without thinking of what their ex-spouses want. There is a reason the distribution of property is referred to as “equitable.” There must be some equity in it. Otherwise, one spouse will feel the need to take the matter to court, so he or she can feel like he or she is getting what he or she deserves.
A divorce attorney may help you avoid some common mistakes in a divorce. They have seen what inflames tensions among spouses and may caution their clients to avoid sparking conflict. A lawyer may help you negotiate the divorce settlement agreement, so you can come to an amicable resolution of the case without the need to go to court for a costly and bitter divorce trial.