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Get answers about divorce from an attorney rather than Google

Ending a marriage is as major a step in anyone's life as getting married. In fact, navigating a first-time divorce in California can be significantly more complicated than arranging a wedding. While the internet is the go-to source for most how-to questions people have these days, it is not a suitable source for the navigation of a divorce.

The overload of information and masses of opinions, data, articles and editorial speculation typically have no bearing on the unique dynamics of the marriage and divorce of the person looking for advice. A practical step might be to build two support teams -- one comprising professionals like a divorce attorney and financial adviser, and the other made up of family and friends who can provide moral support. A mistake to avoid is taking legal advice from moral supporters. Just because something worked for a friend's cousin does not mean it will work for others.

A divorce is a life-changing event, and decisions made at this time can have a significant impact on the rest of a person's life. For that reason, it is essential to set realistic expectations related to the costs, timing and outcomes, and -- although it seems impossible -- one should avoid being overcome by emotions that may lead to wrong decisions. Knowing all the facts about the family finances is vital because post-divorce financial stability may be on the line.

When a California person is dealing with an experienced divorce attorney, honesty is necessary, and failure to disclose every detail can jeopardize the favorable outcome of a divorce case. Legal counsel is not there to judge, and regardless of the information that is revealed, the lawyer will advocate for the client. A lawyer will use every bit of information to ensure the best possible outcome for the spouse he or she represents.

Source: Force, "Alleviate Divorce Pain By Avoiding These 7 Common Mistakes", Michael F. Kay, Jan. 9, 2018

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