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The importance of avoiding divorce mistakes

On Behalf of | Jan 27, 2017 | Divorce

More people in Ohio and throughout the country file for divorce in January than at other times of the year. Many people wait to file for divorce until after the holidays are over, but before they do, it is important for them to consider several things so that they can avoid some common mistakes.

According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, divorce filings increase by about 25 to 30 percent every year in January. People may file because of the emotional and financial stress that is involved with the holidays. They might want to wait to make certain that getting divorced is really what they want to do. It is also important for people to not file for divorce solely because they are angry. Instead, it is important for them to consider the reasons that they are thinking about divorcing and to make certain that the reasons are logical ones rather than emotional reactions.

People should never get their children involved in their conflicts with their spouses before filing for divorce, during the process or afterward. It is important for people to avoid saying bad things about their spouses to their children or in front of them. Avoiding escalation is important as bitter litigation can make divorces last longer and increase their associated costs.

Going through a divorce is difficult for most people. By stepping back and thinking through the logical issues rather than focusing on the emotional conflict, people who are planning to divorce may be able to complete the process more smoothly and successfully. A family law attorney may help a client with reframing the divorce and the issues involved in a manner that may help reach a settlement agreement.