In the first part of this article posted on our site, we went through a few ways legal fees can stack up in a divorce settlement. Now, we have a few more points to talk about how your legal fees can stack up and cost more than expected :
- Focusing on wrong things
In a divorce, there are many aspects to think of – children, assets, finances, life after divorce, relationships with others and so on. So it is easy to get carried away with something. Focusing on the wrong things, for example insisting that you get a certain asset or an amount of money is a short-sighted tactic. This usually happens when you don’t know what u want. Because you don’t have a plan, or are unsure of what you want to get out of the divorce, you by default want everything.
- Do first, think later
When it comes to divorce, this mindset of doing first and thinking later is very dangerous. Especially so when a lot of divorce choices have financial implications. Some people i’ve come across are quick to agree to do certain things, e.g pay a certain amount of alimony, or give up control of an asset so that they can finalize the divorce quickly.
When people rush into such decisions, it can affect their lives after divorce. This is because they have to deal with the consequences of those actions that they made in such a haste.
This is an absolute no-no in a divorce. Divorce has legal implications, and lying when it comes to the law rarely turns out well, and is as good as digging your own grave. Lying about your finances, assets, children, spouse’s behavior and so on is foolish because you are misleading your divorce lawyer. Lying to a lawyer is a terrible idea.
Exaggerating your finances, assets or how your spouse treats you may give your divorce lawyer a false impression. This will lead them to giving you options that are not relevant to you in the first place. It will also waste time, because once you’ve set them on the wrong path, you will have to correct it and it will bring you and your divorce lawyer back to square one. Not only is time wasted, but money as well, and divorce lawyers don’t come cheap !
If you are on a budget, or are unable to do something, it is best to be upfront and honest. This will set the right levels of expectations and will help you in the future.
- Careless with social media
In this day and age, it is very easy for others to find out about your life and events. This is because a lot of us post updates onto social media almost on a daily basis. In a divorce however, you have to be careful with your social media posts. This is because it can be used against you by your ex-partner’s divorce lawyer.
Showing off your lavish lifestyle, recent purchases, third parties or simply bad mouthing your spouse on social media can come back to haunt you in court. In the courtroom, you want things to be in your favour, and you need every bit of help you can get, to help you attain the outcome you intended.
Being careless on social media does not help in any way, and can even put you at a disadvantage. Therefore, it is wise to stay off social media until the divorce is finalized.
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