The emotional aspects of a divorce can be very difficult to deal with, especially if you and your spouse have an acrimonious relationship. The stress and frustration of the situation may make it hard to think clearly, but it is essential to keep your head on your shoulders if you want the divorce process to proceed smoothly. If you're planning to file for divorce in the near future, avoid these common mistakes:

Representing Yourself in the Divorce

While you are not legally obligated to have a divorce attorney, it is in your best interest to hire one to represent you and ensure that your interests are protected. A divorce includes a number of complicated issues, such as division of assets and debts, spousal support, and custody and child support if you and your spouse share children together. If you try to deal with all of these matters on your own without the advice of an attorney, there is a good chance that you will regret it i the long run.

Failing to Understand Your Joint Finances

In order for the division of assets and debts to be fair and equitable, it is essential that you have a clear picture of your joint finances. Take the time to collect all documentation showing shared assets, such as checking and savings account statements, retirement account statements, and deeds to real estate that is jointly owned. You should also find documentation that shows shared debt, such as credit card statements and paperwork for car loans.

Emptying the Joint Bank Account

When you're extremely angry at your spouse and know that the divorce paperwork is going to be filed soon, it can be very tempting to remove money from your joint bank account, or even empty it entirely. But it is very important that you resist the urge to do so. Most courts do not look kindly on people who remove money from joint accounts prior to divorce, and you may be ordered to repay the money even if you have already spent it. In some cases, courts may also be able to fine you for these types of action.

Involving the Children

Divorce is already hard enough for a family—don't put your children in the middle of it. It will be easier for your kids to adjust to life after a divorce if they are not exposed to fights between you and your spouse, or don't hear you bad-mouthing their other parent.

For more information, consider contacting an attorney like those at Madison Law Firm PLLC.