Trying to predict the future is not easy for anyone. Still, you may find yourself having to anticipate your future needs as you go through a divorce. You may wonder how the situation will turn out since you may have not predicted having to end your marriage in the first place. Unfortunately, mistakes during this process are not uncommon.
On the bright side, you can help yourself understand common mistakes and how you can make the effort to avoid them. If a considerable amount of wealth is involved in your case — whether from your own income, your spouse’s or both — you certainly want to avoid mistakes that could lead to financial difficulties in the future.
Know what is going on
One mistake that some parties can make during a divorce is not maintaining active involvement throughout the process. At times, the process can become overwhelming and tedious, so it may be tempting to let your legal counsel handle the details. However, the more you know about the process, the more control you can have. As a result, you can work with your legal counsel to ensure that you head in a direction with which you feel comfortable.
To know what’s going on and stay involved, you may need to take time to gather information, particularly about finances, that could play a part in your case. This information could be important during the case and better help you predict what you may need in the future.
When it comes to what you may need in the future, it is important to stay realistic about your lifestyle going forward. You may want to fight for a particular outcome in order to continue living an affluent lifestyle, but that may not always be feasible. Instead, you may want to think about your current needs and expenses, future needs and expenses, the effects on your kids (if applicable), and how certain decisions could affect other financial goals.
Knowing exactly how to handle a divorce case may seem impossible, and you may worry about mistakes. Fortunately, you do not have to try to navigate this process on your own. An experienced Oregon attorney could help you assess your unique circumstances, determine your best options and guide you through the steps involved in working toward the outcomes you desire for your case and your future.