When a California couples make the decision to divorce, the process can become overwhelming. Personal emotions, finances and children play a major role in proper decision making. Several mistakes are often the cause of improper settlements, custody battles and the wrongful allocation of assets.
Relying on the information provided by close friends or family members who recently went through the process isn’t feasible. Each divorce case is unique and needs to be tailored to the specific needs of the couple involved. Attorneys, mediators and divorce coaches are typically a good source of legal guidance. Becoming familiar with the law requirements in the State of California may greatly aid the parties involved in correct division of property obtained during the marriage as well as proper allocation of business assets and retirement accounts.
Creating a close business relationship with the lawyer representing the spouse can help with a full understanding of the process and avoid complications. Frequent consultations with an attorney and constant monitoring of the process can permit the client to stay in control. It also alleviates any possibility of misunderstandings or being represented incorrectly.
Property and asset division is an important factor in most separation or divorce cases. The payer should avoid committing to more than the can afford. Alimony and child support should be settled at an amount comfortable for both sides without creating any financial hardship. Post-divorce modifications can be always implemented, but may require additional expense and time which can quickly become a financial burden, including lost wages because of the efforts required to attend court sessions and meetings. An experienced California divorce attorney may be a reliable source of information and legal help.
Source: Huffington Post, “The 5 Worst Mistakes People Make During Divorce“, Michelle Rozen, July 24, 2013