Divorce Do's And Don'ts

If you are going through a difficult divorce, you likely have heard plenty of people telling you what you should or shouldn't do. Or perhaps if you're trying to keep things quiet, you've been trying to find answers online about how to navigate divorce proceedings. Although you have plenty of resources at your disposal, there is really no substitute for the custom-tailored counsel and support an experienced divorce and family law attorney can provide.

Get Advice From A Local Attorney You Can Trust

At The Law Office of Lauren S. Cohen, LLC, I have been an advocate and legal resource for individuals, couples and families throughout the Binghamton area for nearly 35 years. I know what you're going through and can help you take intelligent steps toward resolving your divorce and moving on with your life.

When we work together, I will listen as you share your story, offer advice and review some of the do's and don'ts of going through a divorce in New York. A few common issues we will cover include:

  • Don't put your children in the middle of your divorce. As a parent, you should do what you can to protect your children and provide for their best interests throughout the divorce process.
  • Don't go around criticizing your spouse, especially in front of your kids. It's not going to help to badmouth your spouse. Instead, try to be a source of positivity for your children.
  • Don't try to tackle your divorce without representation. By working with a lawyer, you will have an experienced professional protecting you and your interests before, during and after your separation.
  • Don't get caught up in rehashing ancient history. Rather than getting hung up on past transgressions, try to stay in the present to keep your divorce proceedings moving along as quickly and efficiently as possible.
  • Don't let your emotions get the better of your divorce proceedings. Whether heading into mediation, negotiations or the courtroom, it's best to check emotions at the door to ensure you stay on-task.
  • Don't try to hide your wealth or assets from your spouse. If you start selling off property and assets, chances are you will end up paying out to your spouse one way or another. As your attorney, I can help you understand the best methods for protecting your assets during your divorce proceedings.
  • Don't let alcohol or drugs be your coping mechanism. Divorce is different for everyone, but for most, it's incredibly challenging. When you need help, turn to a professional. Look to friends, family, or ideally, a therapist who can help you through this difficult time.
  • DO FOLLOW YOUR LAWYER'S ADVISE. You are paying for the experience and expertise of your lawyer. She knows the law, your situation and the ramifications of your actions.

  • DO MAKE SURE TO COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR LAWYER BEFORE YOU TRANSFER, SELL OR LIQUIDATE ANY ASSETS.

  • DO WORK WITH YOUR LAWYER. She is there to make sure your case goes as smoothly as possible for you. Get her the documents and information she requires in a timely fashion.

  • DO CONTACT YOUR LAWYER WITH ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS YOU HAVE. My policy is to try to respond to all emails and phone calls by the end of the day in which your communication is made but in all circumstances, you will receive a response by the end of the next business day. We believe that communication is of the utmost importance and we place a priority on responding to you.

If you have additional questions or concerns, take a moment to review my FAQ pages regarding divorce and other family law issues.

You're Ready — It's Time To Reach Out And Schedule A Consultation

To learn more about your options when going through a divorce or another family law dispute, contact me, Lauren S. Cohen, at my Johnson City or Binghamton law offices by calling 607-821-0100 or toll free at 866-539-2596. You can also reach me via email by filling out an online contact form.