There is a lot to do and think about when navigating the family court process. People are often figuring out their finances, living situation, and parenting schedules – not to mention coping with the difficult emotions.
Staying organized can be particularly challenging, but it is important. Here are some common, time-related missteps.
Mistake #1: Rushing to decisions
When people are going through a divorce, they are often experiencing powerful emotions, from fear and anger to guilt and sadness. It is also not unusual for people to want to just get through the divorce process. This can make it easy to jump to conclusions or agree to something before fully considering the options and repercussions.
However, rushing to decisions can have consequences, both short term and long. Think carefully before making agreements, even if you are eager to move things along.
Mistake #2: Missing deadlines
Just as some wish to expedite a divorce, others feel no hurry. They might be nervous about lasting decisions, or see no benefit to accelerating the process. Avoidance is all too common, and can lead to missed deadlines, needless delay, and other unpleasant consequences.
Mistake #3: Getting distracted
Family court requires focus. However, distractions almost always get in the way, including emotional pleas from third parties or personal allegations not relevant to the judge’s decision. Think clearly, stick to what matters, and do not allow collateral baggage to derail you.
Managing time can be tough, particularly for people who are unfamiliar with the court process and new to the dizzying impact of splitting with a former loved one. However, with professional guidance, you can more easily navigate this legal minefield.