If the thought of sitting down at the mediation table with your soon-to-be ex makes you want to pack your bags for the next galaxy, the divorce attorneys at Sandia Family Law are here to tell you that there is a better—healthier!—way to deal with your divorce.
When you go through your divorce, you’re bound to make a few mistakes along the way, but we can tell you some of the most common pitfalls we see:
- Refusing to mediate. Most couples should at least give mediation a shot. Even if you still wind up going to litigation, at least a few of your issues will be resolved beforehand, saving you time and money. Couples who go through mediation report greater satisfaction with the process compared to traditional divorce litigation.
- Lashing out in anger. The more you let your emotions get the best of you, the longer the your divorce proceedings are likely to be. Lashing out in anger can put an end to mediation and have you wind up in litigation, which is financially and emotionally costly.
- Settling for less. At the same time, you don’t want to roll over on important issues that will have an impact on the future of you and your children. Stand your ground on important issues—you deserve a better future.
- Hanging on to material things. Naturally you want to set yourself up for a good financial picture after divorce, but it doesn’t make sense to pay $5,000 in legal fees for a $1,000 bedroom set. Think strategically throughout the mediation process.
- Listening to friends and family. While friends and family may offer well-intentioned advice, there are plenty of myths and misunderstandings about New Mexico divorce laws. Remember that your most reliable source of divorce information is your lawyer, who will be up-to-date on divorce laws and how they pertain to the unique circumstances of your case.
- Failing to plan for tomorrow. Plan your child’s contingencies today so you don’t have to go back to mediation or court year after year. Think about who will be paying for college, if you will be buying your child his or her first car, etc.
- Prolonging painful decisions. Divorce is painful, especially when children are involved. However, it is better for your children if face difficult decisions regarding child custody and visitation issues as quickly as possible rather than putting them off.
- Want to avoid these divorce pitfalls? Speak with a skilled divorce attorney as soon as possible. As stated in #5, the best person to receive divorce help from is an attorney. Your attorney works with divorce cases every day and can offer a deep understanding of how to achieve a successful outcome to your divorce.
Need an Albuquerque Divorce Attorney?
While the New Mexico divorce process is complex, having an experienced divorce attorney at your side is the most important factor to achieving a positive resolution to your case. At Sandia Family Law, we provide FREE consultation for people who want to learn more about the divorce process in New Mexico. Contact us at 505-247-1726 to speak with an Albuquerque divorce lawyer today.