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Not being prepared
During this stressful time there will be a lot of negotiations and paperwork. Be prepared to discuss relevant facts about your marriage before meeting with your mediator or attorney. Make a detailed account of assets and debts you and your spouse incurred during the marriage. Bring documentation of income, expenses and current tax returns as well as any real estate, mortgage, credit card and other investment information. And don't forget the courtroom. "When it comes to the judge, you don't get a second chance at a first impression," says Perskin. Having everything the judge needs on hand shows him or her that you are organized and committed.