Undoubtedly, getting a divorce can be a devastating process for all parties involved, especially children. Not only are divorces extremely painful, they can involve several challenging and sensitive legal issues, requiring the assistance of an experienced family law attorney to help you. Without effective representation, it could end up costing you your fair share of marital property or meaningful time with your children. As a result, it is important to consider the following tips when contemplating a divorce, such as:
- Never represent yourself. If you choose to go pro se, or represent yourself, you could end up sacrificing your rights and potentially causing mistakes that may not be reversible in the future. Only an attorney is in the best position to advise you of all your options, protect your legal interests, and help you make informed decisions about your case.
- Never engage in a debate with your spouse via Facebook, emails or text messages. If your spouse happens to be sending you nasty text messages or is making threats on Facebook for all of your friends to see, do not respond. Moreover, never engage in any discussions regarding your divorce using any of these mediums. In Oklahoma, Facebook messages and the like may used against you during your divorce and could even be construed as marital misconduct.
- Listen to your attorney. Many times, emotions run rampant during a divorce case, which causes many people to become frustrated and unable to focus. Regardless, it is important to listen to your attorney, no matter how upset you feel. While you do not always have to agree with him or her, it is essential that you pay attention to your lawyer so that you can make informed decisions about your case. The best ways to avoid problems in this regard is to jot everything down that your attorney tells you and ask questions if anything is unclear. Also, keep all communications in a safe place for further review and consideration during your case.
- Don’t throw your kids in the mix. While divorce cases can certainly become heated, they should never involve your children. Specifically, when parents are constantly sparring in front of their children, it can cause them to become depressed, anxious and confused. Moreover, speaking negatively about your spouse in front of your children can create significant polarity and ongoing tension in the home. Although children are an important consideration in a divorce case, it does not mean that they have to be thrown in the middle of the battle.
If you are contemplating a divorce in Oklahoma, contact The Handley Law Center online or call us at 405-295-1924 to schedule a free confidential consultation. Our attorneys will take the time necessary to advise you of your legal options and help protect your interests during the pendency of your divorce case. Don’t wait to obtain the skilled legal representation that you deserve.