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5 Mistakes Parents Should Avoid During Divorce

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Wheaton divorce lawyer, divorce mistakes, divorce process, parenting time, allocation of parental responsibilityWhen spouses decide to end their marriage through divorce, they are likely ready to leave a difficult relationship and move on to the next phase of their lives. However, couples with children will need to resolve a variety of issues, including the allocation of parental responsibility and parenting time, and disagreements over these matters can often result in contentious legal battles.

The decisions made during divorce will have a major impact on your and your children’s lives for years to come. Therefore, it is important to protect yourself during this time.

Consider the following mistakes you should be sure to avoid while resolving issues related to children in your divorce:

  1. Parental alienation - You may feel that your children should understand the reasons why you are getting divorced, but you should not blame your ex-spouse or try to win children to your “side.” If you try to negatively affect your children’s relationship with their other parent, you may face legal consequences, including restrictions to your parental responsibility and parenting time.

  1. Over-sharing on social media - People often share details of their lives with their friends online. But, during divorce, it is likely that your ex and his or her attorney will be keeping on eye on what you post to see if he or she can find anything to use against you. Making disparaging comments about your ex, sharing details about your divorce, or posting pictures of recent expensive purchases could all have a negative impact on your divorce proceedings.

  1. Substance abuse - Divorce is stressful, and it may be tempting to cut loose and indulge in alcohol or other substances to alleviate the difficult emotions that you are going through. However, your substance use (including legal medical marijuana) could be brought up in court when discussing your fitness as a parent. During divorce, it is best to avoid excessive substance use altogether.

  1. Emotional outbursts - Your ex likely knows how to push your buttons, and he or she may try to provoke you into anger during contentious divorce disputes. It is important to keep your cool both in court and during any communication with your ex-spouse.

  1. Disobeying court orders - During divorce, the court will make temporary orders regarding the allocation of parental responsibility and parenting time, as well as temporary child support. It is important to follow these orders, since a violation may not only result in being held in contempt of court, but it may also have an impact on the final divorce judgment.

Contact a DuPage County Divorce Attorney

By avoiding these mistakes, you can work to reach a favorable outcome in any disputes related to your children during your divorce. If you need help reaching a resolution to issues of parental responsibility and parenting time, the attorneys of Anderson & Associates, P.C. can work to protect your rights as a parent and advocate for your and your children’s best interests. Contact a Wheaton divorce lawyer at 630-653-9400 to schedule a free consultation.





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