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4 Things You Should Never Do Before Your Divorce



4 Things You Should Never Do Before Your Divorce

As Philadelphia divorce attorneys we meet clients on a regular basis who make major mistakes before they ever come to us.

We’re hoping to help you avoid some of them here and now, so your divorce case moves a bit more smoothly when the time comes. And some of the worst ones can happen not just before you call a lawyer, but before you even file for divorce at all.Here are four of the really big ones.

Make a major purchase.

Buying a brand new car before a divorce is a disaster waiting to happen.

You are creating an expensive new debt and a major new asset all at once. You could buy the car only for your spouse to end up with it. Or for the judge to force you to sell it. You could end up paying the payments for a car your spouse is driving around in. The possibilities are as endless as they are disheartening.

Keep spending money like nothing has changed.

No matter what, your lifestyle is going to change after your divorce. Managing your newly adjusted finances is going to be one of your next major challenges.

Unless you get a new job or a major windfall a few months after your divorce, you are never going to walk away with more money than you had while you were married. You’re losing the other spouse’s income, or you’re gaining some new massive financial obligations in the form of child or spousal support.

It’s wise to start saving as much money as possible the moment you know a divorce could be on the horizon.

Tell friends or family members.

Wait until the Summons & Complaint have been served to your spouse. The last thing you want to do is tip him or her off before you’re ready to begin the process.

Don’t imagine that telling your best friend you’re thinking about divorcing your spouse won’t make the rounds back to your spouse. Chances are you both have friends in common. You run in the same circles. People talk.

Ask for advice from anyone other than an attorney.

The moment you announce you are getting a divorce you’re going to hear more free advice from people who are not attorneys than you know what to do with. People will tell you with all the authority in the world that they know exactly what your spouse can and can’t do, what you’re definitely going to get, and how you can “guarantee” certain outcomes.

Do not listen to a word of it.

Even if they got divorced in Philadelphia.

Every divorce is different. Subtle changes in circumstances can create big changes in outcome. Even getting a different judge can make a difference. Take advice from a qualified divorce attorney. Nobody else. Otherwise you might find it hard to live with the outcome.

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