If you think your divorce in Michigan is going to mirror your friends’ separation, you may be in for a rude awakening. No two relationships are alike, and neither are two divorces. There may be similarities that make you feel you have nothing to worry about with your situation. But if you use the wrong approach to leaving your spouse, you may end up in a long and expensive divorce.
It can be so easy for you to rush through the process without really taking time to get organized and strategize. If you do not plan carefully, you could end up with an undesirable outcome. Here is a brief overview of two misconceptions that can lead you astray during your divorce.
1. Assuming the split is legal
Your separation is not final and legal until the judge issues an order with a Date of Separation. Many people believe they only need to file for divorce to leave their partners. Filing the papers only starts the process in the legal system. Anything you acquire in property and assets before that date is processed is considered marital assets and subject to the rules of equitable distribution.
2. Fighting for the wrong assets
You may not want your spouse to receive a thing in your divorce. No matter how she or he may have treated you throughout your relationship or what you think is fair, the courts are not going to be sympathetic to your situation. They must remain impartial and rule in a manner that is fair. Before you focus on trying to keep the house or business, think about if you can afford them and their tax implications. Evaluate the value of all marital assets so you can avoid fighting over the wrong ones.
Marriage is not always easy, and divorce is often harder. Make sure you know the truth about what you can expect for your divorce situation so you can secure a better outcome.