Divorce can be hard, especially for parents. Emotions typically run high,
and most people are under a great deal of stress. Because this time can
often cause a lot of conflicts, people can frequently make poor decisions
as a result. Here are 3 of the most common mistakes dads make when going
through a divorce and how to avoid them.
Leaving the Family Home
Sometimes men feel like leaving the family home can help keep the peace
during a divorce, while others make the assumption the court will automatically
award full custody to the mother. However, by leaving home without attempting
to get temporary custody of your kids, you might be telling the judge
you are okay with leaving your kids behind in the care of your ex. While
your ex may not be dangerous, you also don’t want a judge to assume you
don’t want at least partial custody of your kids if you hope to be able to spend
more time in their lives.
Using Children as Leverage
Some dads will do their best to use their children as leverage for
child support. In order to avoid paying a lot, they go through lengthy court battles
to increase custody and
visitation to save money. However, those who only care about the expense rather than
spending time with their kids is unlikely to value that time and extremely
likely to blow it off. This lack of care will likely manifest and lead
to your ex trying to sue for full custody later. Your ex will also have
more evidence against you in this case.
Making It Harder for Your Ex
You may be infuriated with your ex for whatever reason, but you should
never make the divorce harder out of spite. Arguing over every aspect
of the separation is not only a waste of time, but it is costly. Not compromising
on issues out of a desire to make your ex suffer will not work in your
favor. In fact, judges who see this behavior might rule in your spouse’s
favor more often than not. Some states even have laws that punish spouses
for unreasonable behavior during a divorce.
If you need help during the process, don’t hesitate to give our skilled
Brox divorce attorney a call. We have more than a decade of legal experience to offer your case.
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