Divorce, whether contested or not, is never easy. It is not unusual for the parties involved to overlook the implications of a divorce. The result: People often make costly mistakes that impact their lives for years to come. Here are common mistakes you should avoid when planning a divorce in Illinois.
Moving out of the family home before the divorce is finalized
It is not uncommon for a divorcing couple to separate before the divorce is finalized. Well, this is not always advisable unless there is a threat to life. Moving out of the family home before the divorce is settled can give the other party an upper hand during custody proceedings while casting you in a bad light. That said, it is important to reiterate that moving out of the family home is highly recommended if the other party becomes violent or when your safety is endangered.
Hiding marital assets
While you may find it had to bear the thought that you will be sharing a significant chunk of the marital assets with your soon-to-be-ex, it is important that you do not attempt to hide the assets or deliberately fail to disclose them to the court. Besides reflecting poorly on your person, this is a potential criminal offense that can attract a penalty if convicted. Illinois, like most Midwest states, is an equitable distribution state, so honesty and transparency are taken seriously when determining the fate of marital property during divorce.
Inciting kids against the other parent
Child custody and child support tend to be extremely contentious issues during divorce. Unfortunately, some parents find themselves dragging children into their conflicts. Turning kids against the other parent is a bad idea for a couple of reasons. First, doing so may irrevocably hurt your relationship with the kids should they learn that you lied to them about the other parent. Second, weaponizing kids against the other parent may work against you during custody proceedings.
The process of dissolving a marriage is often complicated and taxing. Knowing your rights, duties, and obligations before, during and after your Chicago divorce process can shield you from costly mistakes down the road.