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When I started getting into trouble I became pretty acclimated to legal procedures. Calling my attorney and working out bail was just another way to spend a Saturday night. Unfortunately, the stiffer the charges, the more difficult it was to talk my way out of a bad situation. After so many charges, I found myself slapped with a long jail sentence, and I realized that I wanted to turn things around. Fortunately, my lawyer was able to walk me through yet another process, so that I could make the right changes. My blog discusses how to emotionally cope with legal issues so that you can start living a good life.



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4 Things You Should Never Do While Going Through A Divorce

by Lillian Wheeler

There is no doubt that going through a divorce can be incredibly difficult and the process can bring out feelings of anger and sadness in the parties involved. But your actions during a divorce can play a big role in how smoothly the divorce process goes. Acting out of anger and spite often backfires and can just cause problems in the long run. If you're planning to get divorced soon, avoid doing the following:

Hiding Assets

If you're angry with your spouse and do not want to divide assets fairly, you may consider trying to hide money, jewelry, or other types of tangible belongings. This is a huge mistake that can get you in a lot of trouble. Your spouse probably has a good idea of what assets the two of you share, and he or she will be able to report those assets to his or her divorce lawyer. The courts generally do not condone hiding assets, and doing so is an easy way to upset a judge.

Emptying a Bank Account

Even if you and your spouse have decided to divorce, you are still legally married until the divorce papers are finalized. Thus, any money that the two of you have in a joint account is community property. If you're very upset with your spouse, don't make the mistake of emptying your joint bank account. You are not allowed to do so, and the judge will most likely require you to give back half of the money to your spouse.

Changing Locks on the House

Like a joint bank account, a home is equally owned by spouses until the divorce is final. No matter how mad you are, you can't have a locksmith come to your home to re-key or change the locks on your house while you are still married. If there is any abuse in the marriage, contact the police and go through the court system to get an order of protection and permission to change the locks.

Fighting in Front of Children

A divorce is very hard for the spouses involved, but the process can be even harder for minor children. If you want to minimize the negative impact of a divorce, you and your spouse should do everything possible to avoid fighting and arguing in front of your kids, In the event that you and your spouse have disagreements about custody or division of assets, it is much better to discuss those matters in the presence of your divorce lawyers. 

Contact a law firm like Kelm & Reuter, P.A. if you need help navigating the divorce process.