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Trying to do your own divorce may lead to mistakes

When a couple is considering having a divorce, they may have some common misconceptions about the process. One of the most common misconceptions for Colorado separating spouses is the assumption that the couple may be able to navigate the complex divorce process on their own. However, there are several areas that could be overlooked when couples try to do their own divorce.

It is very easy to get caught up in the heavy emotions that come with divorce. However, when sitting down and going through the actual process, it would be more beneficial to take a "business" standpoint. Each person would do well to analyze assets and make lists containing which assets that person wants to keep. Additionally, each spouse would also benefit by preemptively gathering any paperwork -- W-2s, bank statements and other financial documents -- that they may need in the divorce so that it does not get overlooked.

Furthermore, couples attempting to do their own divorce may make some fairly common mistakes -- although, those mistakes can be very costly in the end. For example, some spouses may not know that they may be entitled to some of the other spouse's retirement funds or pension accounts. Additionally, small mistakes made when determining child custody may affect much more than just your money.

In conclusion, while separating spouses may think that they could do their own divorce, it may not be in their best interest to undertake this process alone. By seeking the help of a Colorado family law attorney, they will get valuable advice on the complexities of the process. An attorney may be able to assist the couple by ensuring that no stone will be left unturned.

Source:, "Doing your own divorce isn't advisable", Dennis Beaver, Dec. 12, 2014

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