In a recent post, we talked about the variety of options that are available when you are working through the divorce process. Because the divorce process in Georgia offers individuals flexibility in choosing what to pursue, it is important to have a clear idea of what you want to accomplish.

When your affairs are not in order, or when you don’t know what you want, you can waste valuable time and money fighting your way through the system. In this post we will discuss steps you can take to help ensure you move through the process as efficiently as possible.

Can you give the reins to your attorney? It’s your marriage and your divorce, so you might be tempted to try to control every aspect of the divorce process. However, it is important to trust your attorney to choose the most effective path for you. Providing input is necessary, but then sit back and let your lawyer steer your case.

Can you negotiate? When you are working through the legal system, negotiation is important. Giving to get can help ensure the process continues running smoothly.

Can you keep your emotions in control? Divorce is an emotionally-taxing process. However, it is important to keep your emotions in check. Taking the time to make logical and objective decisions can protect your best interests in the long run.

Are your finances and legal documents organized? When you separate, it is important to carefully manage your finances, and make sure you know where all your documents are. If you have joint accounts, it may be a good idea to close them or structure them to require two signatures.

Read more in an upcoming post to learn about three final suggestions in working through the divorce process in the most cost-efficient way.

Source: Huffington Post, “Ten Things That May Help Avoid Costly Divorce Mistakes,” Stacy D. Phillips, 1 May 2011