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Avoiding common mistakes in divorce

Divorces can be very messy. Emotions may be high, and people often act out of anger. Making matters worse, Florida laws governing the division of marital property are particularly complicated. Navigating through the process can be a significant challenge, and people often makes mistakes along the way.

One mistake people often make when going through a divorce is to act without a thorough understanding of the legal ramifications of their decisions. Being well informed as to one's rights, the legal procedures, and the relevant laws is crucial. Much of the disagreement in a divorce often centers around property division. Both parties going through the divorce should make sure that they understand their rights and work to get the assets that are most important to them.

Similarly, people are often anxious to put the divorce behind them, and for that reason they are more willing to accept an unfavorable property division. Although the divorce may be finalized faster, an unsatisfactory settlement is likely to leave the divorcee unhappy in the long run. Learning the law and acting logically rather than out of anger can help ensure that the divorcing person obtain a division with which they are satisfied.

Learning the laws and navigating the ins and outs of divorce proceedings can be particularly challenging. Doing it alone can be even worse. Attorneys who specialize in this field can educate their clients about the relevant laws, and they can help them avoid some of the common pitfalls that many people encounter when going through a divorce. They can advocate on their client's behalf and help ensure that they do not accept less than what they deserve.

Source: Huffington Post, "The 5 Worst Mistakes People Make During Divorce", Michelle Rozen, August 24, 2013