What Are the Top Pitfalls to Avoid in Divorce?
Jonathan Dana – Partner Family Law
Washington, DC Divorce Lawyer, Jonathan Dana discusses the pitfalls to avoid in divorce.
The top pitfall to avoid is making a bad decision. Clients come in and they have a point of view and that is the point of view they are wed to. Once they understand the process, once they have the information, once they are understanding their circumstances better, they can make a better decision.
The second pitfall to avoid is not being reactive but being strategic. A lot of times people are anxious to get the divorce done so they will make a decision quickly whereas waiting and understanding their circumstances better is going to end up in a better decision for them.
The third pitfall to avoid is listening to the choir. A lot of times clients have different people giving them advice. At the end of the day you need to have your own strength. Therefore, you can say to those people telling you what to do: “I’m okay. I know what I am doing. I am going to make a good decision because it’s my life and I need to take ownership of it.”
The fourth pitfall to avoid in divorce is to not get stuck and not become so inflexible that you can’t see any other options in trying to settle the case.
My goal is to make sure I do the best job I can possibly do for my clients. It is a result that will allow them to position themselves well for the future and to move on with their lives.