CNN published an article about the top ten mistakes people make when in the middle of a high net worth divorce. As a family lawyer for thirty years, I maintain that the most important mistakes were listed at numbers 7 through 10! In fact, whether your situation is a high net worth divorce or not, these mistakes are reasons why most divorces cost the parties too much money because they give up assets they either don't know exist or to which they mistakenly believe they have no rights. Am I saying that people should represent themselves in a "simple" divorce? No I am not. In a future post, I will tell you why DIY is not a good idea for most people. The biggest mistakes people make in a divorce? These are the ones, I believe:
1 [formerly 7]. Listening to Friends: “My neighbor got a divorce and she got millions”; “My friend got a divorce and he didn’t have to pay a dime”. Everyone’s situation is different, and everyone’s case is different. Therefore, do not compare your case to anyone else’s. There are different judges, laws change and opposing counsel changes. No two divorces are alike. Deal with yours according to your specific circumstances, and with proper counsel and advice, you will come out ahead.