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What's the most common mistake made by divorcing spouses?

It goes without saying that a divorce can prove to be a very challenging experience -- even for those who welcome the prospect of leaving an unhappy marriage. As such, it's not uncommon for spouses going through a dissolution of marriage to make either intentional or unintentional mistakes despite their best efforts.

In today's post, we'll discuss one of the more regularly occurring divorce mistakes.

What is one of the most common -- and biggest -- mistakes divorcing spouses make?

According to experts, many spouses make the mistake of adopting an uncompromising position regarding virtually every matter in a divorce. As you might imagine, this mindset can prove to be rather limiting and counterproductive, as it may prevent a spouse from considering certain actions or compromises that may be in their best interests.

To illustrate, a spouse may be so dead set on divorce litigation that they actively fail to consider other viable divorce alternatives that could actually end up saving them time and money, and prove to be altogether less contentious.

By being more open to the pursuit of an amicable divorce, however, a spouse can make the divorce process proceed that much more smoothly.

What might an amicable divorce look like?

There are a variety of divorce alternatives that spouses can consider from mediation to collaborative law. However, these sometimes don't always prove to be the most effective for couples and present certain limitations.

However, one method that is often very effective is the early neutral evaluation process, which enables spouses to weigh firsthand the costs of prolonged litigation versus the early resolution of matters.   

In our next post, we'll continue to explore this topic, discussing why it is that some spouses adopt this intractable position in divorce and the consequences of this position. In the meantime, consider speaking with an experienced legal professional to learn more about the amicable divorce process.

Source: The Huffington Post, "7 common mistakes to avoid in divorce or separation," Cheryl and Joe Dillon, Oct. 28, 2014 

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