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Pitfalls divorcing couples in Arizona should avoid

On Behalf of | Jul 30, 2015 | Divorce

Going through the final days of a marriage can be a highly emotional experience for Arizona couples, but attempting to get through the process as quickly as possible can lead to costly mistakes. While it may be difficult to avoid all of the pitfalls that can crop up during a divorce, many serious errors can be avoided if spouses take their time and think carefully before they act.

One of the most common mistakes made by spouses facing the end of a marriage is anticipating a contentious battle and attempting to land an early knockout blow. While this strategy may sometimes be employed successfully by invading armies, divorcing couples could be better served by exploring options like mediation that are designed to minimize conflict and encourage compromise solutions. Rushing into a divorce may also leave spouses insufficient time to gather all of the financial information necessary to negotiate a settlement that will benefit them in the long term.

People may also be tripped up when they vent their frustration on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, and they sometimes become so fixated on minor details that they lose perspective and fail to see the bigger picture. However, few mistakes made by divorcing parents are more damaging than allowing themselves to be drawn into bitter custody disputes that can cause their children great emotional distress.

Experienced family law attorneys will likely understand how negotiations over matters such as property division and spousal support can become heated, but they may urge their clients to make every effort to reach an amicable settlement. Attorneys may be able to point out how short-sighted strategies can lead to long-term problems, and they may be able to help a client to reach a compromise even in situations where such an outcome appears unlikely. However, an attorney could also advocate vigorously on behalf of a client in court if an agreement remains elusive.