The risks of signing divorce papers to “get them over with”

On Behalf of | Mar 21, 2024 | Family Law

It can be tempting to sign divorce papers quickly so you can begin to move on. However, the divorce process requires careful consideration.

Otherwise, you open yourself up to significant risks and long-term consequences.

Unintended consequences

Signing divorce papers hastily may result in unintended consequences that can affect both parties for years to come. Without taking the time to thoroughly review the terms of the divorce agreement, you might not see important details related to property division, child custody and financial support.

For example, you may overlook legal requirements or rights, leading to potential complications down the road. The easiest time to change any divorce arrangements is usually before they become official.

Financial implications

Failing to carefully assess and negotiate financial matters such as alimony, child support and division of assets can leave you at a serious disadvantage post-divorce. This can lead to financial hardship and resentment.

Emotional repercussions

Divorce is a highly emotional process. Rushing through it can exacerbate feelings of anger, resentment and sadness. It helps to address underlying issues and work through emotions in a healthy manner. Otherwise, you may struggle to cope with the aftermath of the divorce.

Impact on children

In Evans, children make up about 24.8% of the population. They are often the most vulnerable parties in a divorce. Rushing through the process can have lasting effects on their well-being. Failing to carefully consider matters such as child custody arrangements and co-parenting agreements can lead to increased conflict and instability for children. There is the potential for long-term emotional harm.

The desire to expedite a divorce is understandable, especially if you want to move on. However, you can help yourself move on better by taking the time to understand what you are signing.