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What to do and not do in divorce

Dec 24, 2021 | Divorce

Whether a West Virginia couple has known for a while their marriage is not working out or one spouse simply decides one day to abandon the marriage, divorce can bring about a range of emotions for both parties. As emotional as the process can be, those contemplating divorce should regard the process more as a business transaction and try to keep emotions out of it. While that can be easier said than done, keeping one’s emotions in check can help ensure a smoother and easier process for all involved.  

Things one can (and should) do 

Putting emotions aside, a divorcing party will do well to remain as reasonable and cooperative as possible throughout the process. He or she must disclose all financial records and all liabilities and assets for property distribution, and each should have a solid plan regarding child custody and support, alimony, and other areas. If a couple can work together during the process without resorting to name-calling or other emotional outburst, they can work together through mediation or collaborative law to achieve their goals and the favorable outcomes they seek efficiently and cost-effectively. 

Things to avoid 

Along with holding one’s emotions in check, a divorcing spouse should also avoid making major life changes during the process, such as moving to a new city, taking a new job, etc. Parties should also avoid posting certain things on social media, such as disparaging remarks about his or her ex or photos of expensive vacations, new purchases, etc. Doing so can come back to haunt the individual should the case go to court. Also, one must avoid trying to hide assets in divorce, as doing so is illegal and may elicit serious consequences from the court. 

 Seek legal counsel 

Whether a couple can use mediation to resolve their differences or they must go to court to have a judge determine the outcome, each will do well to work with an experienced family law attorney from the start. A lawyer in West Virginia can ensure his or her client’s rights are protected throughout the process and help his or her client achieve the best possible outcome. A lawyer will also be on hand to advocate for the client in court, if necessary.