Where to Find Terrible Divorce Advice
By Duncan E. White, Owner
Inkpointe Divorce Solutions, LLC
I have some advice for you: Stop listening to everyone’s advice!
A divorce is hard enough without everyone telling you what to do. While it’s important to seek guidance and advice from professionals, it’s also important to be aware that not all advice is good advice. In fact, there are some people who may give you downright bad advice during your divorce process. Here are some of the usual suspects:
Friends and Family
While your friends and family may have good intentions, they may not have the legal or financial expertise to provide you with accurate and helpful advice. Their advice may be biased based on their own experiences or emotions, which may not be applicable to your situation. It’s probably not that helpful to hear (again) about Aunt Judy’s divorce that took place in 1973. Things change over time and the divorce world is no different!
There is a lot of information available online about divorce, but not all of it is reliable. Some websites may provide outdated or incorrect information, while others may be trying to sell you a product or service. And, no matter what you do, don’t take advice from social media! It’s a poisonous pit of unreliable information! Just avoid it altogether!
Be cautious of advice given by unqualified professionals such as therapists or life coaches who may not have the legal or financial expertise to provide you with accurate advice. While a financial advisor may say, “Sure, I work with people going through a divorce all the time!” do they actually have the credentials to back it up? If you are looking for solid financial advice around divorce-related topics, seek out a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst®. They have the training and expertise that can be helpful with your specific situation.
Your spouse may not have your best interests in mind and may try to convince you to agree to terms that are not fair or equitable. You may not want to be taken for one last ride before you part ways.
So, what should you do if you receive bad divorce advice? First, always seek advice from qualified professionals such as divorce attorneys and financial advisors who specialize in divorce. Secondly, do your own research and verify any advice you receive before taking any action. Finally, trust your instincts and seek a second opinion if you are unsure about any advice you receive.
Remember, your divorce settlement can have long-term financial and legal implications. It’s important to make informed decisions based on accurate and reliable information.
You only get one shot to get it right.
Duncan E. White is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA®) and has been a licensed financial advisor since 2010. He leads a Second Saturday Divorce Workshop each month for the benefit of those seeking information about the divorce process.
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