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Common mistakes made when filing for divorce

People make mistakes. It is just a part of life. With assistance, though, certain mistakes can be avoided. When getting a divorce -- in Maryland or elsewhere -- legal counsel can help one avoid commonly made mistakes that can have a big impact on one's final settlement.

One of the biggest mistakes divorcing couples make is letting emotions run the show. By thinking emotionally rather than strategically, decisions may be made or things may be overlooked that can impact one's post-divorce life. This can be avoided by stepping back and thinking about what one wants to achieve in the end.

Another mistake divorcing couples may make is not thinking about the timing of their divorces. Yes, timing matters, particularly where finances are involved. For example, it is not uncommon for at least one spouse to have one or more retirement funds to which he or she is contributing. For his or her sake, filing for divorce as soon as possible may be beneficial, as any future earnings would have to be included in a divorce settlement. On the other end of that, the non-contributing spouse may want to wait just a bit which could mean he or she will get a greater share of the 401k owner's funds.

Emotions and timing both have a big impact on the divorce process and final outcome. Taking time to strategically plan one's divorce will only prove beneficial in the long-run. A family law attorney can assist divorcing couples in Maryland with making the best decisions for their circumstances so that both sides can feel satisfied with the end result.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Filing For Divorce In Spring? Avoid These 6 Perilous Mistakes!", Bari Zell Weinberger, April 25, 2016

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