Divorce is a new experience for most couples, so it is understandable that you might make regrettable mistakes. To help you avoid the missteps, the Law Office of Stephen J. Bedor shares some of the most common five divorce mistakes we have seen in our decades of practicing family law in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties.

1. Moving Out Too Soon

If you were blindsided by your spouse's intention to divorce, you may feel you have no choice but to give your partner some space. As natural as it seems, moving out without first obtaining legal advice may complicate matters for you, especially if you have children. Moving away from your children, or allowing your spouse to move with the children, may compromise your attempt to seek custody at a later date. Moving may prevent you from retrieving your belongings or securing critical financial documents in the home.

2. Oversharing

As much as social media may be a stress reliever, sharing intimate details of your life can have a negative impact on the outcome of divorce. Bashing your future ex or posting pictures of yourself living the single life may not be a good idea during this time. Even the most innocent photos or status updates may be construed against you if your divorce gets contentious. Following the advice of your lawyer regarding social media is crucial.

3. Hiding Or Dissipating Assets

Some divorcing individuals hide cash or preserve funds for post-divorce life. Obtaining early legal advice will be essential in ensuring that all assets are properly dealt with in the divorce.

4. Allowing Kids To Get Caught In The Battle

Placing children in the middle of conflict may be damaging to them. How you deal with your children during divorce may have serious consequences to them and your custody and parenting time rights. Conduct you may view as reasonable may be viewed as unreasonable by a judge. Obtain proper legal advice as to how to deal with your children to make your divorce easier on them and make sure you do not unintentionally damage your case.

5. Failing To Seek Advice From A Divorce Attorney

Before you make any decisions, sign any papers or agree to any demands, call 503-212-4878 and speak with a skilled and experienced lawyer. Stephen J. Bedor understands the challenges you face and is ready to offer compassionate guidance at this difficult time.