“It’s mine!”

“No, it’s not. It’s mine!”

Sound familiar? When it comes to Maryland divorce proceedings, the arguments can end up sounding quite a bit, well, juvenile.

Divorces often get messy and hurt feelings can lead one or both spouses to say and do things they may later regret. Here are five common mistakes you may want to avoid:

1. Involving the Kids

Whatever you hope to gain by badmouthing your ex in front of your children will likely be tempered by the pain it causes the little ones. It’s unfair to make them choose between their parents or to take sides in your divorce. To protect your children, leave them out of the messy proceedings as much as possible.

2. Fighting Over Details

When you look back on this part of your life in five years’ time, will it really matter who got that DVD set or the two patio chairs? Save your battles for the important stuff, like child custody rights in Maryland and a place to live.

3. Being Vindictive

When you feel your spouse has wronged you, it’s easy to become bitter and try to get back at him or her, but that rarely ends well. You are more likely to hurt yourself and the children. A better plan of action is to see a counselor who can help you sort through your pain and anger.

4. Giving Up

There’s a difference between being vindictive and fighting for what’s fair. Don’t feel like you have to give up everything in order to end the marriage peacefully. An experienced attorney can help you protect your rights while maintaining an amiable relationship with your ex as much as possible.

5. Signing With No Representation

Whether signing a prenuptial agreement, a separation agreement, or a final divorce decree, it pays to have someone on your side who can make sure you are getting a fair deal. Never sign anything before consulting an experienced Maryland divorce lawyer.

For a free consultation, call Nickelsporn & Lundin at 800-875-9700.