Taking legal advice from family and friends
They're emotional rocks to lean on during the roller coaster called divorce, but don't even think that they're a substitute for an attorney. The only person who can—and should—tell you what you what's in your best interest during the split is your lawyer. "A lawyer is not a therapist; it's a business transaction," says Brian D. Perskin, a New York divorce attorney. Perskin explains that you should only get divorce advice from someone who understands law and financial settlements.