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3 mistakes to avoid when trying to speed up a divorce

Divorce is a painful, stressful process. And unfortunately, it is one that can take much longer to resolve than you might expect. It is not uncommon for people to do whatever they can to speed up the process so that they can move on.

However, in an effort to push the divorce process along, you might make some missteps that prove to be quite costly in the future. In order to avoid paying a high price for expediency, you should be careful to avoid three timesaving mistakes.

  1. Not double-checking Your divorce settlement warrants more than a cursory glance, and you don't have to take whatever your soon-to-be ex says as fact. Taking some extra time to recheck financial statements, parenting agreement terms and property division agreements can ensure you don't leave money or parenting rights on the table.
  2. Accepting unfair terms If you are in a rush to get through a divorce, you can be tempted to accept whatever terms your spouse sets, even if they are unfair. However, accepting unfair terms is only going to hurt you. While it may seem best to "play nice" in the short term to save time, try to keep in mind that a divorce settlement will affect you, your finances and your relationship with your children for many years to come.
  3. Navigating the process without legal guidance Too many people make the mistake of thinking that working with attorneys drags out the process. However, without the help of someone who understands New Jersey divorce laws and requirements and who has been through the process countless times, you could wind up making mistakes that actually drag the process out further.

It is understandable that people want the divorce process to be over as quickly as possible. However, making these mistakes could ultimately cost more time, energy and money. 

If speeding up your divorce  is a top priority, then understand there are better ways to save time than these options. You can resolve issues through mediation instead of litigation; you can set reasonable expectations; you can be prompt with sharing information and responding to requests. These and other options are within your control and do not leave you as vulnerable to the consequences of a hasty divorce.

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