If you are heading for divorce, you don't want to make any mistakes, so you should definitely seek legal advice and get free consultations from several lawyers to understand your situation and what you need to do to take the first step. By not understanding your legal rights when you are ready to file for divorce, you are going to make things 10 times worse and there's no reason for this when there are legal advisors out there willing to listen and offer free advice to you. Here are some examples.
Listening to someone who doesn't know what they are talking about.
You should never listen to just anyone about a divorce situation. Everyone's divorce situation is different because everyone's financial state and assets are all completely different. Your location, for example, can really change how money is divided in a divorce.
You should never run to a friend or a family member because unless they are of legal counsel they will just be telling you things that have happened to them in the past and this might just confuse you even more. However, sometimes family and friends can be helpful in this situation because they can tell you things to look out for or ask your lawyer about. Just don't take their word over your lawyer's.
Not being realistic in what you can expect financially.
Most of the time when people are getting divorced, they get very greedy and want more than 50% of the income. Or they believe if they have custody of the children they can get more money, which is sometimes true. It really depends on the financial state in your marriage and the other factors that are involved including children and property.
Demanding more money or more assets can be done; however, typically lawyers will tell you that you have to prove that you need of more of the financial holdings then your spouse.
Asking for more money for pet care may not be enough to prove your case; however, in many instances, celebrities get more money from their ex-spouse because they are multimillionaires. To them, a thousand dollars for pet care is very reasonable; however, in a regular family with a middle-of-the-road income this might not fly.
Harping on all of the minor details and forgetting about the bigger picture.
During your divorce proceedings never stay on minor issues, because when you do you forget about the larger picture at hand. This is one sometimes people start forgetting about how their family is going to get through this in the long run. It is all about understanding your finances and what you need to do if there are children involved. You want to make sure you are doing what's right for you and your family and make the most of the divorce situation so you don't have a mess on your hands.
To learn more, contact a family law firm like Hurth Sisk & Blakemore LLP.