In a divorce, there is a fine line between zealously protecting yourself
during proceedings (even if things seem to be going amicably) and becoming
too aggressive. Aggressive behaviors are often the catalyst of lengthy
and contentious legal battles, while, in fact, most divorce cases are
settled outside of court through negotiation or using tools such as mediation
to find solutions to issues in a non-adversarial manner. Even in the face
of major disagreements, remember there are ways you can avoid sabotaging
yourself and risking an undesirable outcome in your case.
Be aware of these three ways that people commonly sabotage their best interests
during a divorce:
One of the biggest ways that people sabotage their own divorce is by attempting
to hide, misreport, and shift assets in an effort to hoard assets and
reduce spousal support payments. Not only is raiding finances wrong, but
it can result in an extremely unfavorable legal decision when the court
finds out. Not to mention, this behavior can significantly lengthen the
divorce process, costing you even more money in the long run.
Picking Unnecessary Fights
Divorce is an emotionally stressful time, and unfortunately, many couples
respond by becoming overly aggressive and picking fights out of spite
and anger instead of attempting to find an equitable solution. Couples
who begin their divorce in an aggressive and threatening manner will likely
only complicate their divorce, causing the entire process to drag on longer
and cost more to resolve. Not only this, but it will also create lasting
resentment and hostility that you (and your kids) certainly don’t
need in your life. After all, your focus after divorce should be a happier
future, not one that will be weighed down by old frustration.
Hiring the Wrong Lawyer
When choosing a divorce lawyer, look for someone with considerable experience
and expertise. It is likely not in your best interests to hire someone
who handles personal injury cases and a few divorce cases on the side.
Look for an attorney whose sole focus is on divorce and family law and
ensure that they have a strong reputation. Choose someone whose experience
matches the unique needs of your case, and whose approach matches the
end results you are seeking.
McKinley Irvin is committed to providing the highest caliber of divorce
and family law representation in the Pacific Northwest. We encourage you
to contact our firm to learn more about how we can help you protect what
you value most. To request an initial case evaluation, contact us and
we can connect you with the attorney most suitable for your case.
contact page for more information on our Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue, Everett, Vancouver,
and Puyallup family law offices.