Following your instincts and intuition is vital in life, but during your divorce proceedings, you might want to keep your "instincts" in check. This means that if your spouse upsets you and your instincts say it's time to raise your voice, consider taking ten deep breaths and seeing how you feel afterward.
There are many things you should not do during your divorce process. Common sense will dictate that you avoid most of them. However, your instincts could override your common sense and you might be tempted to do them anyway.
4 divorce "no-no's" every Illinois spouse should avoid
Here's what you should never do while bringing your marriage to a close:
Never violate temporary visitation or child custody arrangements: Yes, they're temporary, but you're also legally bound to follow them. If you infringe upon a temporary court order regarding your children, it could affect your parental rights.
Never give away your property: Some spouses will give away their property to a friend or relative in an attempt to shield the property from asset division. However, a judge might consider this "hiding assets" and the judge might award more assets to your ex as punishment.
Never lose your temper: Emotional outbursts during your divorce process will only make matters worse. Your soon-to-be ex could resist, and he or she could become more difficult during settlement negotiations. Losing your temper will also make things a lot harder on your children.
Never make important plans for a new job or a big move: You don't know how your child custody arrangements will be, so you don't know where you'll need to live. Also, you may need to stay present in your state to attend relevant divorce hearings. Your life will be more comfortable if you wait until your divorce is over before making important plans.
Navigate your divorce proceedings with care
When you use your common sense, and you don't do any of the "divorce no-no's" listed above, you'll have a better chance of successfully navigating your divorce proceedings. To gain a better perspective on what to do and what not to do during a divorce, Illinois residents should study up on Illinois family law as it applies to their unique situations.