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Divorce mistakes can have lasting financial consequences

A divorce involving couples in New Jersey can sometimes be a complicated legal process. Financial advisers and family law attorneys sometimes see costly mistakes that people make during the divorce proceedings. They can offer advice for avoiding some of the biggest financial errors that can have a negative impact for years after the divorce.

If someone who is getting divorced does not understand their household's finances or does not know what their assets are, they may wind up agreeing to a settlement that is not in their best interest. People are advised to ignore emotions and do whatever is necessary to make sure they get a fair deal in divorce proceedings. Giving in to the feeling that they just want to get the divorce over with as quickly as possible can lead to spouses having regrets later. Doing the work to ensure that they have covered all their financial bases can help to avoid those problems.

Using a financial adviser and having strong legal representation can be of benefit. It is also important during divorce negotiations to insist that everything agreed upon be put in writing and made a part of the final divorce decree. This can serve to avoid problems that may arise down the road if one of the parties fails to live up to his or her promises.

Those who are contemplating the end of their marriage often have several practical things to think about, and it is important for them to be able to focus on those matters without being swayed by emotion. An attorney who has experience in family law might assist a client in attempting to negotiate a comprehensive settlement agreement that will cover such issues as property division and spousal support.

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