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Divorce Do's and Don'ts

Experienced Legal Guidance from a Palm Desert Divorce Attorney

The legal process of finalizing a divorce is long and hard-fought. I have over 50 years of experience handling divorce cases, during which I have cultivated a comprehensive understanding of the proper conduct one should maintain throughout the process. Your actions and decisions while working towards a divorce have a significant impact on its results and how they favor you.


During the process of a divorce, you should take care to heed the following actions:

  • Be reasonable and show cooperation with your ex. The more you are willing to compromise, the better results you will be able to agree upon.
  • Keep the best interests of your children in mind. Be supportive of them every step of the way and do not attempt to encourage them to choose between you and your ex.
  • Communicate with your spouse in regard to when and where you are spending time with your children. Miscommunication can lead your spouse to believe you are trying to remove them unlawfully and may stain your chances at a custody arrangement you prefer.
  • Be honest about any and all assets and property that you own.
  • Do your homework. Researching laws regarding filing for a divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support, and alternative separations will ensure that you are well-informed as to your best options for reaching a favorable resolution.
  • Work with an attorney. With my experience and knowledge of divorce laws, I can help you understand and confidently face the process.


The following actions can have a negative impact on the results of your divorce:

  • Lashing out. The divorce process can be emotional, but taking it out on your ex or your children will only make it worse for you.
  • Planning a big move. If you plan to move out of the state or country, the results of your divorce might be affected by your new life in ways that are not favorable to you, especially in regards to child custody and visitation.
  • Violating temporary custody or visitation agreements. This could put a huge damper on your ability to get the permanent custody or visitation rights you feel you deserve as it shows irresponsibility and an inability to cooperate.
  • Attempting to hide assets or property. Failing to disclose all of your assets could result in divorce agreements being thrown out and you might find yourself back in court for further settlements.

Ultimately, with the dependable legal guidance of my firm, I can help you understand how to conduct yourself in a manner that will help ensure you are receiving favorable results from the divorce process. The protection of your interests is my top priority, and I have the experience to safeguard them. Call the Law Office of Lawrence W. Novack today for representation you can trust.