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Unlike yesteryears when divorce was considered a social anomaly, separation of married persons has become acceptable in relationships today. Therefore, if you are going through a divorce, you should not feel socially awkward. However, it should not take away the fact that separations can be relatively disruptive no matter how civil the partners opt to become. Therefore, the success of family lawyers in ensuring divorce processes go smoothly largely depends on the ability of partners to carry themselves with decorum. This article highlights things you should not do as you approach your family lawyer.
Tagging a Third Party to the Meeting -- What you discuss, or plan to consult, with your family lawyer is protected by law under the attorney/client privilege. Nonetheless, once you let a friend, relative, partner, or anybody else other than yourself into the picture, then you lose this right. The only time you should ask a third party to join in proceedings is when they are officially associated with the divorce case. Otherwise, avoid involvement of other persons at all costs. The reason is that meetings with lawyers can get relatively revealing and a third party might spill what was discussed to the public in the event of a deposition or trial.
Hurrying the Process -- As mentioned earlier, divorces are relatively disruptive both emotionally and financially. Therefore, under the influence of emotions, you might instruct your family lawyer to speed up the process. Once your spouse realizes that you are desperate to get the divorce over with, they might take advantage, and you could end up paying dearly. Unlike long ago when divorces were all about revenge, compromise has taken center stage. With the help of your family lawyer, take your time with the process and look out for mutually benefiting agreements.
Do Not Accept Promises -- When children are involved in a divorce, the situation can get messy because promises are often made using the children as leverage. It is especially the case when one spouse feels that they will lose contact with their children. For instance, one partner might be promised more time with the kids and pay less in divorce settlement only if they sign the divorce papers. While you could be tempted to append your signature, take your time and have your lawyer to go through the documents first. Most often than not, such promises are laden with ulterior motives. Nonetheless, look to strike a mutually benefiting deal during the divorce process.