No matter the length of the marriage, not all separations end amicably or easily. Divorce can bring out the worst in some people, causing them to alter their normal behavior to sabotage their soon-to-be ex-spouses. It can also cause some people to act against their own interests.
Take a look at the following signs of divorce sabotage that you may end up falling prey to if you are not careful.
Not investigating all finances and assets thoroughly
Finances and assets are often the biggest bones of contention between divorcing couples. Due to negative feelings, beliefs and even greed, some people resort to hiding assets from their partners. You and your spouse must provide financial disclosure to the courts. Failure to provide an accurate accounting of all retirement and financial accounts, stocks, investments and other marital property is illegal and can lead to legal penalties, a lower alimony award and an unfair share of all marital assets.
Accepting things at face value
Marriage involves having a great deal of trust for your partner. Things may seem amicable between you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse at the start of the separation process. However, you should not take anything they say or offer at face value as the process progresses. Always consider the facts, benefits and disadvantages of all communication or divorce settlement offers to protect your future and interests.
As stressful and challenging as the divorce process may seem, you should take measures to educate yourself about potential pitfalls that could have an adverse impact on your divorce outcome. The choices you make during your divorce can have a long-term impact on your life.