Divorce is a very stressful time in a separating couple’s lives. With all the emotional stress a divorce can create, it may be easy to overlook or forget some vital details in the divorce process, causing mistakes to be made that the couple may regret later on. When undergoing divorce proceedings, there are five common mistakes separating California couples make that could have easily been avoided with more planning.

The most important step a couple can take to avoid a mistake during divorce proceedings is for each person to get his or her affairs in order before starting the procedure. This includes making a list of what each person wants out of the divorce; having it done beforehand helps to reduce stress later on. Also, having some kind of financial plan going into the proceedings helps reduce stress as well.

It is also important for each person to seek a support system beforehand. Having a strong support system can make a huge difference in each spouse’s level of emotional distress during this time. Couples should also not over think their reasoning for wanting a divorce as this is a cause of major stress, and the support system can help with that.

Lastly, separating spouses should not quit their jobs or cut back on hours; keeping consistency in each person’s life can help reduce stress. These tips for avoiding common mistakes are very useful for reducing stress and helping to make the divorce process much easier once it gets going. Once the process does begin, California couples facing these circumstances may benefit by gaining an understanding of their rights and responsibilities under our state’s divorce laws as they attempt to reach a settlement that is truly in their best interests.

Source: Huffington Post, The 5 Biggest Mistakes People Make When Considering a Divorce, Debbie Martinez, Oct. 15, 2013