Divorce is never easy – for anyone involved. The time and effort that it takes to untangle a life built together can be daunting, to say the least. The good news is that you don’t have to take on your ex and your divorce alone. The divorce attorneys at Clagett and Barnett Attorneys at Law in Elizabethtown will do everything they can to help get you through the process as pain-free as possible.
When preparing for divorce, our divorce attorneys encourage their clients to be thoughtful in every decision they make moving forward. One questionable decision could wreak havoc on your divorce proceedings and negatively affect your end of the bargain.
Below, we’re providing 3 things you should avoid during your divorce.
1. Do Not Start a New Business or Purchase Property During Your Divorce
Regardless of whether or not you are separated from your spouse, you have filed for divorce, or it’s the day before your divorce is final, do not start a new business or purchase any property during your divorce. All property owned during a divorce is considered community property. If you start a new business during your divorce, and the divorce court does not divide that asset, your ex could stake claim to the profits of your business in the future.
2. Do Not Run up Excessive Amounts of Debt During Your Divorce
While using your joint account to buy furniture for your new house in Elizabethtown or take a long vacation to the Caribbean might be amazing, and what you deserve, purchases like these could get you into a lot of trouble with a judge during your divorce proceedings.
Before a judge decides on division of property, he or she will first consider any recent excessive amounts of debt incurred and will declare a “just and right” division of the property you shared with your spouse. If the judge believes you put your spouse in financial harm with your incurred debt, he or she could declare you solely responsible for that debt. Not only that, but you could also lose favor with the judge, which could cost you in more ways than one.
If you’re concerned about any debt you’ve acquired during your divorce, or you know you misspent, call our divorce attorneys at Clagett and Barnett in Elizabethtown for help.
3. Do Not Belittle Your Spouse to Others During Your Divorce, Especially Your Child(ren)
While it is natural to vent to your best friend or family members about your ex and your divorce proceedings, the divorce attorneys at the law firm of Clagett and Barnett recommend you do everything you can to avoid getting carried away. Most often, judges do not appreciate negative talk between divorcees during proceedings. Additionally, it’s important to remember that your close friends and family may be required to testify under oath regarding your negative speech about your ex.
It’s even more important to have self-control when speaking to your child(ren) about your ex. If a judge learns that you have belittled your ex to your child(ren), he could use this information to rule against you in custody proceedings.
Clagett and Barnett Attorneys at Law Are Here to Help!
We understand that no one plans to get divorced, but if you find yourself in this situation, let our divorce attorneys help you! We are a small firm boutique in Elizabethtown, which means we are intimately familiar with every case we take on.
Call our office today at (270) 900-0533 to learn more about our firm or schedule your first appointment.