Maybe you didn’t see it coming. Maybe you’ve known it was going to happen for some time.
Maybe it’s a well-contained no-fault divorce. Maybe it’s not so amicable.
Either way, you’ve got a few things to worry about right now…
- Responding to the Divorce Application
- Deciding on whether to get legal help through all of this
- Dealing with the possible shame of being divorced
- Figuring out how the finances of this will all work
- Worrying about your kids, and so on and so forth…
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Common Divorce Pitfalls
A great lawyer will help you avoid all possible divorce pitfalls. Here are just a few that you will want to discuss with yours…
Responding to the Divorce Application.
If you do not respond to the Divorce Application, and/or don’t attend the court hearing that goes with it, it will likely be accepted without your input.
The clock starts ticking when you are served the Divorce Application, so if you do not want the divorce granted, or wish to contest any part of it, you must complete and file a Response to Divorce…
- If served in Australia – within 28 days of the application being served on you
- If served outside of Australia – within 42 days of the application being served on you
You can respond online on the Commonwealth Courts Portal or file it at a family law registry.
If you wish to oppose the divorce, you should also appear in person at the Divorce hearing date.
Be on your Best Behaviour on Facebook.
Your social media posts can be used against you. Don’t make your feelings or your experiences public.
This is a hard time for everyone – don’t overshare.
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Getting a Grip on your Emotions (And your Life)!
This is an important time to reach out to friends, family, and whoever is in your support network. And this is potentially a bad time to reach out to your spouse.
Anger and heightened emotions rarely lead to positive resolutions to problems.
They do sometimes lead to charges of family violence or other crimes that can cause a lifetime of trouble.
This is a good time to find a counselor, especially if there are children involved.
If you have ever used drugs, even recreationally, your lawyer will likely tell you that a drug test can be used against you in custody decisions.
The sooner you decide on a lawyer, or doing it yourself, the better.
In general, with children, finances, and property division taken into consideration, the cost of a lawyer will likely be well worth what you stand to lose – financially and emotionally – without guidance.
Watching Your Finances Carefully
There might be a major purchase that your spouse would not let you make. Fair enough, but this is not the time to go out and make it.
If you were facing financial issues before the divorce, they may get more challenging. If you weren’t, you may have more to think about moving forward.
There will soon be two households to run on the same money as before.
We are Here to Help!
Getting served with a divorce application can seem like a catastrophe at first, but you will pull through it.
Keep your head held high, keep seeking quality advice, and keep to the high road.