Common Mistakes to Avoid During the Divorce Process

Each year, about 1.4 million U.S. couples go through the divorce process. While some divorcing spouses emerge from the process in a fairly good position, others face financial and legal headaches that may last for years.

Why the difference? Not all couples take the time to learn about and avoid the most common financial mistakes in the divorce process. An experienced Phoenix divorce attorney can help you recognize and avoid problems such as:

  • Lack of cash. The divorce process can mean additional costs, even if you choose options like mediation. For instance, you may need to support two households, work with appraisers, or pay for therapy or other bills. If you are considering divorce, cutting costs now can help you in the future.
  • Poor record-keeping. From a financial standpoint, getting a divorce is similar to splitting up a business partnership. Just like you would not split up a business without documenting everything, you should not enter the divorce process without all the documentation and records you can obtain.
  • Overlooking assets. Commonly-overlooked assets include vacation and sick leave, frequent-flyer miles, and prepaid insurance policies. Even if you do not want half of a particular asset, document it; your half may be valuable in trade for another asset you do want.
  • Ignoring the tax consequences. Agreeing to lump-sum alimony or to pay the mortgage until the house sells may cost you when tax season comes. Talking to your attorney or a tax professional early in the divorce process may save you a substantial sum in the future.
  • Hesitating to hire an attorney. The advice of an experienced divorce attorney can help you avoid many of the legal and financial pitfalls of divorce, protecting your interests and allowing you to exit the marriage on a secure financial footing. Do not hesitate to speak to the attorneys at Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC about your Arizona divorce.
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About the Author

Heather Baker-Mushkatel graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2001, and obtained her Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School in 2004. Heather is an Arizona native that left the state for school, but returned home to practice law in 2004 with her primary area of focus being family law….