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Divorce mistakes that can be easy to make

Houston area residents who are in the process of getting a divorce can feel overwhelmed both emotionally and mentally. There are so many things that need to be remembered during a divorce that it can be easy to make costly mistakes. Some common mistakes should be kept in mind in order to try and avoid them.

One mistake is forgetting about certain debts and then having to be responsible for them after the divorce is finalized. Another is allowing one spouse to read the other spouse's personal mail. Mail for one spouse should be redirected to a P.O. box as soon as the divorce process begins. An ex-spouse may also know all of your personal passwords. It is important to change email, social media and other online account passwords.

Before a divorce it is very important to make sure you have all of both spouse's financial information. These documents and accounts can mysteriously disappear once the divorce is underway. It is also important to change beneficiaries on financial accounts, retirement accounts and life insurance policies. Mistakes with children's schedules should be avoided. A calendar with all important dates marked is a good idea.

An attorney can help a spouse going through a divorce avoid these and other common mistakes. An attorney can also negotiate spousal support, child support, child custody and property division issues. This can help ensure the client comes out of the divorce ready to start a new life.

The end of a marriage is a tremendously emotional situation for all involved. Keeping in mind these common mistakes can help a person keep their head on their shoulders.

Source: huffingtonpost.com, "How a simple divorce checklist can keep you from making these 10 common mistakes", Karen Covy, Oct. 12, 2015

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