Costly mistakes you need to avoid during divorce

On Behalf of | Dec 13, 2021 | Divorce

Make no mistake, divorce is a difficult process for everyone. It is not unusual to feel betrayed by the person you once loved dearly. After all, you vowed to be together “’til death do you part.”

Every divorce is unique. However, no matter the grounds for your divorce, there are a number of mistakes that you need to avoid. Here are some of them:

Being intimate with your soon-to-be ex

It is not unusual for divorcing couples to be sexually involved. Even after setting the ball rolling on their divorce, some couples may still find themselves second-guessing whether they have made the right decision. However, it is worth appreciating that being intimate with your soon-to-be-ex while the divorce process is underway can complicate a lot of things. The most obvious one is that husbands and wives may conceive, and the court may raise concerns about what will happen to the baby. While the court may grant you the same rights as married couples, having a child while your marriage is on rocks may pose serious problems.

If the court learns that you are still having sexual relations yet you filed your divorce on grounds of irreconcilable differences, then your petition may be dismissed. Also, if you filed your divorce on a fault basis like desertion or adultery, then the court could deem your intimacy as condonation. The result? Your partner could be cleared of fault, and this could hurt your chances of getting a better settlement.

Hiding marital assets

Divorce can bring out the worst in people, especially when dealing with a subject as contentious as property division. For whatever reason, one or both parties may decide to hide marital assets during divorce. This is a huge mistake. During the divorce process, both parties are required by law to disclose what they own for purposes of division according to Texas’ laws. Attempting to hide assets can land you in serious legal trouble. Besides, you could end up losing what you were attempting to hide in the first place.

Mistakes are not unusual during divorce. If you are going through the divorce process, it is important that you avoid pitfalls that can impact the outcome of your petition.