I have blogged on FaceBook Don’ts several times. 5 Family Law FaceBook Don’ts & 5 More FaceBook Don’ts. This one is a little more general, but are still things NOT to do in Family Law matters.
- Don’t Follow Bad Advice Blindly. If your attorney advises you to break into the house and take everything, including the dishwasher and the stove, think twice. Who does that? Who gives that advice? How could a Judge ever think that was a good thing? Click here for more. Bad Advice = Bad Lawyer.
- Don’t Make it a WAR if you Don’t Have to. It only makes the lawyers more money. You get less. Go to WAR only when it is absolutely necessary. Life and safety.
- Don’t Solely Blame the Other Side. This piece is sometimes tough to swallow. That SOB you married may be mostly at fault, and sometimes completely at fault, but it’s rare that it is one side’s fault 100%. Acknowledging your culpability, at least to yourself, will help you process what you are going through.
- Don’t Bad Mouth the Other Parent. It may be true. He may deserve it. You may tell the Judge, your counselor and your lawyer. No one else needs to know.
- Don’t Forward the Children Communications Between you and the Other Parent. This is so inappropriate. Placing the children in the middle of a parental dispute is a classic symptom of parental alienation. If you are doing this you better watch out. You may not be able to stop the advice given in number 2, above.
Matthew Thompson is a Family Law attorney and tries to give good advice. It may still not be easy to follow, but it is designed to create less havoc, not more, usually.
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