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Examples of truly terrible divorce advice

Once a couple has announced their intention to end their marriage, friends and family often rally around their loved one, offering support and consolation. In many cases, those who are closest to the parties want to offer their advice, as well. While the intent behind shared advice may be good, the outcome of those efforts is often very negative. The following are examples of divorce advice that all Colorado residents should ignore.

One of the most common pieces of advice that people who are preparing to divorce receive is to sock away money in the months leading up to filing. The intention behind this advice is to protect against the other spouse limiting one's access to marital funds. However, any wealth held within the family is jointly owned, and neither party has the right to remove funds to build a secret nest egg. The same applies to being advised to go and withdraw significant volumes of money from the family bank account. Not only will this type of action infuriate the other party, but the judge who hears the case will not look favorably on such a decision.  

Another piece of advice that divorcing spouses often receive is to rush to end the marriage as swiftly as possible. It is understandable to want to move on with one's life, and no one wants to remain mired in an unhappy situation any longer than necessary. That said, there is nothing to be gained and plenty to be lost by rushing through a divorce. There are many important decisions that go along with the end of a marriage, and the proper time and consideration should be given to making those choices. I 

When preparing to divorce, Colorado spouses should look to their legal counsel for divorce advice, not their friends and family. While the intention behind those pieces of advice might be based in a sincere desire to assist, the end result can be a divorce that is far more contentious than it might have been otherwise. When loved ones offer their opinions or advice, just nod, smile and thank them for their care and concern; then consult with a divorce attorney who has been trained to provide legal advice and guidance.

Source: The Huffington Post, "The Worst Divorce Advice .. Ever!", Karen Covy, May 5, 2016

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