The High Cost of Taking “Shortcuts” During a Divorce
Divorce proceedings are highly stressful affairs and there are countless instances where people just want to wrap up the divorce and move on with their lives. While this is understandable, we at Rubin & Levavi, P. C. can’t caution our clients enough about getting sloppy or taking shortcuts simply to speed up the divorce process.
We want to illustrate this point in this week’s post, which is all about how shortcuts and other half-measures during your divorce can come back to haunt you, even if they seem like a good idea at the time. As always, we at Rubin & Levavi P. C. are available to chat if you’re looking for more extensive discussion, and can always be reached by phone.
Rushing through the Proceedings
The most common mistake that we see is that people agree to terms too quickly without carefully reviewing the info or taking the time to think about how this will impact their life in a bigger picture. Don’t just agree to things for the sake of moving on with your life, especially when children are involved. You could be laying the path for losing custody or parental rights without even realizing it.
Lying or Presenting False Information
This is another common “shortcut” that we see people take for the sake of convenience and a more ideal outcome. Lying could include hiding financial information, making false allegations, and more. We highly advise against doing anything of the sort because, in addition to your divorce/family law dispute, you could very well find yourself facing serious criminal charges for lying to the courts in CA. The best way to steer your case towards a favorable outcome is by recruiting the aid of a qualified legal professional.
Working with Informal Agreements
Many couples can save time by sorting out discussions amongst themselves outside of court, but this is only advisable if the talks are followed up with a formal agreement recognized by the state of California. In our experience, informal agreements usually lead to more problems or bigger conflicts, especially because the courts cannot always easily weigh in on a matter that was arranged outside the boundaries of the law.
Consult with an Experienced California Divorce Attorney
Divorce proceedings are never a positive experience for anyone. Nonetheless, you should always resist the temptation to take shortcuts and find ways “around” the process. You should, however, take proper measures to ensure that your rights are protected at all times during this process.
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