5 Things NOT to do in a Divorce

September 9, 2014

Divorce Lawyers Columbus OH


Divorce can cause a great deal of stress and discomfort. The stakes and emotions run high during divorce. Hiring a divorce attorney can help you through this time. A divorce attorney should help you through the process and add some ease to this situation. Columbus divorce lawyers should know the importance of counseling clients on what to do and what not to do during a divorce.



 Here are 5 things not to do in a divorce.


  1. Do NOT hide things from or lie to your attorney. Your lawyer needs to know all the facts in order to protect you and your rights. Surprises or not fully disclosing information can create huge problems. Drug use, adultery, hidden assets, and the like can destroy your case if your attorney isn’t prepared to deal with them. Your attorney is on your side, and needs to know exactly what he is dealing with in order to get you the best deal possible. Just because you think you destroyed the evidence does not mean that the other side won’t find a way to get it.
  1. Do NOT display open hostility during divorce proceedings. Many different people are involved in a divorce proceeding. It is important to stay calm and keep your cool. Even if you are upset with your spouse, displaying hostility toward him or her will only hurt your case. If you’re openly hostile toward opposing counsel during your cross-examination, you’re probably scoring more points for the other team than for yours. Staying relaxed on the witness stand is a great way of saying that you have nothing to hide. Divorce should not be a personal pursuit for revenge.
  1. Do NOT tell long stories about spousal arguments and disputes. Most Judges have full dockets and do not care to hear long winded stories about irrelevant arguments. Fight the urge to constantly slam your spouse in court. If you’re asking the court for a protection order, describe the alleged spousal abuse and avoid the temptation to explain the minute details of the domestic dispute which precipitated the abuse.
  1. Do NOT forget to update your legal documents.  It is important that you update all of your legal documents during a divorce. You do not want an old power of attorney lying around or an unchanged will. You do not want to give your spouse any opportunity to take your assets from you.
  1. Do NOT post about your divorce on social media. Everyone does not need to know about your divorce. Alternatively, everyone does not need to know what a terrible person your spouse is or was. Also, do not post things about your new dating life during your divorce. Information obtained through social media is being used more and more often in court. It is important to understand that every post you make could be used as part of your divorce proceeding.

If you’re going through a divorce, hire a Dublin, Ohio divorce lawyer that will help you understand the do’s and don’ts of divorce. Although divorce can sometimes be a time consuming and expensive process, it is often possible to work out mutually amicable solutions without extensive litigation. It is important to keep a level head during your divorce and to find an attorney that you can trust. With over 30 years of experience and a unique understanding of psychology and its role in the process, the attorneys at Edward F. Whipps & Associates are well equipped to maximize your results with the most efficient and respectful legal approaches.

Call Edward F. Whipps & Associates for a free consultation at our Columbus office at (614) 398-4182, our Dublin office at (614) 461-6007, or toll-free at (877) 367-6544



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