Common mistakes to avoid during divorce

Divorce can be a complex and emotional process, and it's important to avoid common mistakes that can make it even more difficult.

Here are some common mistakes to avoid during the divorce process:

  1. Procrastinating: Delaying the divorce process can make it more stressful and unpleasant than necessary. It's important to take action and gather the necessary documentation in a timely fashion.
  2. Using the process to get revenge: Trying to use the court to get revenge on your spouse can backfire and lead to a more costly and contentious divorce.
  3. Being dishonest: Being dishonest during the divorce process can damage your credibility and harm your case if you end up having to go to court.
  4. Badmouthing your spouse to your children: This can harm your children's relationship with their other parent and create unnecessary conflict.
  5. Letting your emotions obscure logic when making important divorce decisions: It's important to make decisions based on logic and reason, rather than letting your emotions cloud your judgment.
  6. Ignoring the financial aspects of divorce: It's important to consider the financial implications of divorce, including property division, spousal maintenance, and child maintenance payments.
  7. Beginning to date again too quickly: Starting a new relationship too soon after a divorce can complicate the process and trying to keep it secret is to be avoided.

Remember that avoiding these common mistakes can help make the divorce process smoother and less stressful. It's important to seek the advice of professionals to help you navigate the process and make informed decisions. 

Mediation is a process that can help couples discuss and agree how to agree a future co-parenting plan and sort out their finances so that they keep the costs down and avoid court. If you are interested in knowing more about how mediation might be able to help you, call us free on 0800 206 2258 or email us at

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