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Mistakes at trial may affect property division outcome

Going through divorce may be one of the most difficult experiences a person may deal with in life. The process essentially involves pulling apart two lives that have become heavily intertwined from both a financial and an emotional standpoint. For instance, property division may involve deciding what to do about the marital home to which both parties have become attached, or determining how to split retirement assets. Unfortunately, a couple of common mistakes made at divorce trial may make the process even more difficult in Pennsylvania.

A mistake often made at divorce trial is giving courtroom personnel, including the court clerk, attitude. Although the judge makes decisions in a divorcing couple's case, the clerk of the judge is the party who ensures that the courtroom operates in the manner that the judge seems fit. As a result, upsetting the court clerk can quickly cause the judge to become angry, too.

Another mistake made in court is to display one's anger. Feeling angry about having to go through divorce is natural, but judges generally do not enjoy working with angry people -- even if such vexation is justified. Presenting one's situation in a polite manner, instead, can make a major difference in the outcome of a divorce case that has gone to trial.

Not all divorce situations end at divorce trial, however. Many times, a couple can sort out their property division issues and other matters -- such as alimony -- at the negotiation table or during mediation, for example. This may help them to avoid the cost, time and stress associated with going to trial. Either way, a qualified attorney in Pennsylvania can provide the guidance needed to pursue the most personally beneficial outcome possible, considering the circumstances surrounding the divorce.

Source: huffingtonpost.com, "9 Mistakes That Will End Up Costing You In Divorce Court", Brittany Wong, Jan. 29, 2018

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