By Nicolette Klapp, of counsel to The Carson Law Firm

  1. Unrealistic expectations
  2. Anger/bitterness (usually built through years of oppressed resentment or a cheating spouse)
  3. Talking to other people that have been through a divorce, or who offer their legal advice
  4. Drastic income discrepancies resulting in high child support and/or maintenance
  5. Drawing lines in the sand and being completely inflexible on all issues
  6. Constant “what if” questions
  7. Use of kids as bargaining chips or leverage