Divorce Advice to Avoid
By Heather Baker-Mushkatel on April 8, 2013
When you are facing divorce in Arizona, it is natural to want to turn to those you trust for support and advice. While emotional support is vital during the divorce process, sound legal advice from an experienced Phoenix divorce lawyer is always a must.
The reason you should always speak to your own attorney is simple: every divorce is different. What worked for one person may not work for you. Sometimes, advice is given in a moment of frustration or anger, but it lacks the necessary objectivity to help you pursue your goals and navigate the divorce process.
Here are a few pieces of divorce “advice” that are wise to avoid:
- Clean out the accounts. “Taking your spouse to the cleaners” may sound like sweet revenge, but it will merely cause problems in the long run. If you’re worried about protecting your half of a joint bank account, speak to your attorney. It may be possible to put half in a bank account in your own name only.
- Lock your spouse out. If you need to protect yourself or your children from a threat of harm by your spouse, contact the police. If you need to secure your home, talk to your attorney; there are legal processes available for doing so.
- Leave everything to your attorney. An attorney can help you secure an equitable settlement and protect yourself and your children during a divorce – but you’ll get the best results if you’re also actively involved in the process. Ask questions, and provide the documentation your attorney requests as promptly as you can.
Successfully completing a divorce is as much about making the right choices as it is about avoiding the wrong ones. Keep these mistakes in mind if you are in the midst of a divorce.
Heather Baker-Mushkatel is an Arizona native who focuses in the area of family at Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC. Heather also has substantial experience in criminal defense law, including a background as a public defender in Maricopa County. Heather earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and obtained her Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School. She is a highly active member of state and local bar associations who has served on several panels to educate young lawyers and law students.