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Don't let your emotions cloud your judgment in your divorce

Not every marriage in California is meant to last, and even if both you and your spouse agree that divorce is the best option, it is still an emotional time. However, you should not let your emotions cloud your judgment. The following are some specific rational steps you can take to protect yourself during the divorce process.

First of all, if you are contemplating divorce, you may want to retain an attorney and financial adviser. It is important that these professionals are a good fit for you, and that you have a good connection with them. If you don't really understand what they tell you or do for you, they may not be a good fit. Moreover, don't try to go at it alone. An attorney can explain the law to you and represent your interests throughout the divorce process.

Also, make sure you have paper copies of your financial assets, such as tax returns and bank account statements. While in this day and age, many people simply get electronic copies of their financial assets, this can be a problem for those seeking divorce, as the estranged spouse could change the passwords to these accounts, leaving the other spouse in the dark.

In addition, no matter how emotionally heated your divorce is, don't try to hide assets or give expensive "gifts" to others in order to keep your ex from getting their fair share of these assets in the property division process. This does not leave a good impression on the judge in your case and oftentimes such maneuvers fail anyways, as it is often possible to track these assets to see where they have gone.

Finally, it is important to understand that you may not be able to continue spending money the way you did while you were married. After a divorce, you may be going from a two-income household to a single-income household. It is important to re-examine your spending habits to adjust to your new financial situation.

In the end, while divorce can certainly be an emotional affair, it is important to think pragmatically about your divorce issues. Seek the help you need to come out of the divorce on the right foot. By doing so, you may be able to ensure that the end result of your divorce is fair and appropriate.

Source: Business Insider, "7 things you should never do if you're about to get divorced," Emmie Martin, Feb. 8, 2017

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