One common theme you may notice about couples who are going through a divorce on television is how one party is always the victim. On these shows, the victim is the person who gets taken advantage of in the divorce.
Because nothing about divorce is easy, if you do not approach the situation carefully, you could also become a victim. Here is a brief overview of some ways you can prevent your spouse from taking advantage of you in your divorce.
Know your worth
Your spouse cannot catch you unawares with his or her demands if you know how much all your joint assets are worth. Avoid making assumptions because they could cause you to receive a settlement skewed in your partner’s favor. Work with a financial expert to get a clear understanding of your assets and liabilities so you can work towards a fair settlement.
There is nothing wrong with having feelings for your ex-spouse. However, regardless of what those feelings are, you should keep them out of the proceedings. Your spouse may use them against you by starting arguments and making unrealistic claims during your divorce that could cause expensive delays. The longer your divorce takes, the more it will cost. It is a common tactic that some spouses use to get their former partners to agree to their demands.
Avoid acting on impulse
You may feel like making random and impulse decisions to help you feel better about your situation. However, until your divorce is final, the things that you purchase are marital assets and could become your spouse’s in the divorce. You may find it more beneficial if you wait a few months after the judge issues the divorce decree before you make any major purchases.
By taking the time to think things through, hiring the right legal assistance and planning carefully, you can minimize your risk of becoming a victim.