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5 Mistakes to Avoid during your MN Divorce

5 Mistakes to Avoid during your MN Divorce

February 26, 2024

As you navigate finalizing your divorce in Minnesota, you may have questions about how to avoid some common mistakes. Whether you're just starting the process or are ready to sign your divorce papers, we've got 5 divorce mistake to avoid in this article. 

1. Forgetting About Taxes

Unless you somehow finalize your divorce exactly on the last day of the calendar tax year, you’re going to have to worry about filing for the previous year with your partner. Things that affect your taxes include just about everything that goes into a divorce settlement. This includes:

· Marital assets

· Child custody

· Marital debt

· Sale of any marital assets

· Any retirement/pension plans that you have to separate

2. Not Changing Your Estate Plans

You should be consulting with your estate planning attorney to ensure your estate plans don’t include your ex-spouse. If you have an advanced directive, a trust, a will, or anything else, you do not want your spouse to be listed in it. This can give them control over your medical decisions if you lose your functioning capacity, or leave them your assets after your death. In either case, this isn’t what you want.

3. Using Your Children During the Divorce

We don’t mean you should forget about child custody, visitation, or child support when working through your divorce. We mean that you shouldn’t try to coerce your child into saying certain things or doing certain things to manipulate your spouse. This can damage your standing with the civil court, your divorce proceedings, and potentially your relationship with your kids.

The only exception would be in cases of abuse, where their testimony can work towards bettering their safety and yours.

4. Hiding Marital Assets

It’s never worth it to hide marital assets. The court demands that you disclose everything, and hiding assets from your spouse means you are also hiding them from the court. This is fraud, which is highly illegal, and bound to get you in more legal trouble than any asset can be worth.

5. Social Media Posts

Anything you say or do, your spouse can use against you if they find out about it. This can be something as simple as photos from a vacation, or a work function. Anything that shows you have new assets for them to ask for, or prove that you don’t have time for your kids, will be taken out of context and used against you. You can save all of your random thoughts and life events until after the divorce is over.

Get Help To Avoid Divorce Mistakes

Divorce is a long and stressful process, and making these mistakes isn’t going to make it any better. Work with the experienced professional at Divorce Smart so you can get the marital assets you need, the child custody agreement you want, and the peace of mind you deserve. Divorce is hard, but it doesn’t have to be back-breaking. Contact us today.