Divorce, even under the best of circumstances, is a difficult undertaking. On one hand, you want to protect yourself and maintain your sanity even when the process does not appear amicable. On the other hand, you want to avoid aggressions that can ignite a protracted court battle that can lead to the worst outcome for both parties.
Just like in any legal matter, certain actions during the divorce process can negatively impact the outcome of your case. Here are three mistakes you want to steer clear of during the divorce process:
Attempting to hide marital assets
This is both illegal and unethical. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for one or both parties to hide marital assets with the goal of depriving the other party of their fair share of the marital property. Understating your assets or overstating your liabilities are serious mistakes that will hurt your divorce case.
Failing to separate property from separate property
Alabama is an equitable distribution state. This means that should the couple fail to agree on what each party will walk away with, the court will divide the property in a manner that it deems equitable.
However, for this to happen, it helps to have a clear understanding of what amounts to marital property. Some people assume that just because a bank account is in their spouse’s name means that the funds therein are personal property – this is often never the case.
Making false claims
Dishonesty goes beyond hiding marital assets. Another unscrupulous tactic used by spouses during the divorce is coming up with false claims of abuse or child neglect in order to gain an upper hand during a custody case. Even worse, some turn their children against their spouses. Unfortunately, all these are serious mistakes with costly repercussions.
Divorce can be a complicated affair. However, you should never let your guard down. Knowing your legal rights and obligations can help you avoid costly mistakes during the divorce process.