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Common divorce-related mistakes to avoid

The word divorce is something that many couples never want to hear. However, you never know what the future holds. If you find yourself considering this option, it is best to look into every possible avenue before moving forward.

Many people make mistakes before, during and after the divorce process. Regardless of how much they think they know, mistakes can be made at any time. According to Debbie Martinez, better known as the Divorce Whisperer, there are five big mistakes people make when considering divorce. If these mistakes are able to be avoided, it will allow for the couple to move forward in a more positive manner.

Martinez feels that these five mistakes should be avoided at all costs: o Not getting organized before telling your spouse that you are thinking about filing for divorce. o Neglecting to meet with a financial planner before going through the mediation process. o Waiting too long to form a support system that can help you get through the first few months after divorce. o Cutting back on hours at work or quitting your job for good. o Not taking a closer look at why you are interested in filing for divorce.

It is common for many to jump the gun and automatically assume that divorce is the only way out of their relationship. These people might not realize that they have other options, such as counseling. Even if they do decide that divorce is best, they move so quickly that they never consider the finer details of the process. Speaking with an experienced divorce attorney can provide advice and options that many may not have known about before.

If divorce is the only answer, it is essential to know how to speak with your partner about this as well as what to expect along the way. By avoiding common mistakes, it is much easier to keep things in order during this difficult time.

Source:  Huffington Post, "The 5 Biggest Mistakes People Make When Considering a Divorce" Debbie Martinez, Oct. 15, 2013

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