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Basic Do and Don'ts of Divorce

Listed Below are some Basic Do and Don'ts of Divorce


  • Show your children love and attention. Reassure them that they are not the reason for the divorce.

  • Pay all Court Ordered child support and spousal maintenance.

  • Be prompt in pursuing collections of delinquent support that is owed to you.

  • Show respect towards your soon to be ex-spouse, especially in front of the children.

  • Be honest and up front.

  • Use good sense when deciding what to fight for.

  • Be reasonable, knowledgeable and flexible.

  • Get professional help if you need it to cope with your divorce.

  • Document concerns over children’s welfare.

  • Reconnect and strengthen friendships you had before and during your marriage.


  • Stop the children from seeing the other parent during the scheduled visitation time.

  • Ignore court orders.

  • Use child support or visitation as a weapon against your soon to be ex-spouse.

  • Put your soon to be ex-spouse down in front of your children, family and friends. This includes talking about issues on social media.

  • Spend thousands of dollars on attorneys’ fees fighting for cheap furniture.

  • Be greedy.

  • Vent to your children or social media about all the issues that are occurring with the divorce.

  • Violate any restraining orders or any other court orders.

  • Give up hope that things will get better.

Divorce and separation with minor children can be emotionally difficult and the decisions made can affect you for many years. We have years of experience helping our clients through the difficulty of divorce and creating a suitable parenting plan. Contact us today at (253)838–3377 or email at, to talk about your divorce or need to create a parenting plan.

Disclaimer: All materials provided on this website have been prepared by Bains Law Firm for general information purposes only and no representation is made as to their completeness or accuracy. Information on this website is not intended as legal advice, and may not be relied upon as such. Only an attorney who can review the unique facts of each case and apply them to the statutes, case law and court rules can provide legal advice. Nothing in this website shall be construed to create an attorney-client relationship.

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