The United States has the fourth-highest divorce rate in the world, and in 2019, someone was getting a divorce in this country every 42 seconds.
Although divorce is common, it is not necessarily simple, but many individuals seem to complete the divorce process without significant complications. However, several actions can draw out and complicate the process.
Trying to get revenge
When a marriage ends on bad terms, you might feel tempted to drag out the proceedings or refuse to negotiate to punish your spouse. However, these strategies often harm both parties, and any kids will suffer the most. Therefore, it is usually in everyone’s best interest to find an equitable resolution that spares you heartache and saves you money.
Failing to create a parenting plan
During the divorce proceedings, develop a parenting plan with your spouse. First, determine where your children will live and who will make the major decisions in your life. Your plan should discuss visitation, vacations and other critical decisions. However, your plan should also be flexible and allow for changes as your children grow and mature.
Dating during the divorce proceedings
Once you break ties with your spouse, you might want to get back into the dating pool, even before you finalize the divorce. However, this can be a big mistake. The courts may not look at your dating status favorably, and your spouse could feel hurt or angry by your ability to quickly move on. In addition, your children could suffer emotional harm if you begin dating too soon.
Though an easy divorce is not always possible, you can help smooth the process by maintaining open communication with your spouse and children, building a future financial plan and acting with integrity throughout the process.