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Avoid sabotaging your own interests in your divorce

Divorce is an incredibly difficult process for both parties, even if you and your soon-to-be ex are committed to remaining amicable and cooperative. The process of legally ending a marriage is full of difficult decisions that will impact your life for years to come. The stress and emotional challenges of walking through this process can lead to high levels of stress, which could affect your perspective as you face important choices. 

It is easy to see how a Utah reader could negatively affect his or her own divorce goals by allowing emotions to drive decisions and by making choices without consideration of their future impacts. As you walk through this difficult process, you would be prudent to have both experienced guidance and a clear focus on a strong post-divorce future.

What you can do to avoid poor decisions

Divorce will require you to make choices on everything from property division to child custody. You may find that it reduces conflict and makes the process go faster when both sides are cooperative and respectful, but that may not be possible in your particular situation. Regardless of the level of cooperation or animosity between the parties, you may be smart to remember the following during your divorce:

  • Compromise can lead to stronger agreements that will lessen the chance of conflict in the future.
  • Keeping the best interests of any minor children as the center of custody and visitation discussions often leads to more workable and sustainable orders.
  • Hiding assets of any kind can lead to serious complications that will significantly lengthen the divorce process and could impact your financial future.

You have the right to pursue a strong post-divorce future in matters related to financial support, property division and child custody. Whether you and the other party will work together to come to a divorce agreement or you will have to rely on litigation to reach a conclusion, there is great value in being fully informed of all of your rights and legal options.

Your future is at stake

It is difficult to overstate the importance of a smart and sustainable divorce order. It is possible to sabotage your own efforts with poor decisions or motives of revenge, but keeping control of your emotions and maintaining a clear focus will lead to better results.

As you prepare to walk through the divorce process, you may find it helpful to seek a complete evaluation of your case and explanation of how you can protect your rights and interests.

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