Divorce can often be a drawn-out and frustrating process; by the time you’re
ready to take such a drastic step it’s likely you’ve already
been through many mental and emotional hardships. Separation from your
spouse probably won’t be easy, but there are ways to make it less
stressful. The more contentious the divorce proceedings, the harder the
process will be for everyone involved. Here are a few tips that may help
smooth the divorce proceedings.
Sign a Prenuptial Agreement
While you can’t go back in time and undo any decisions that lead
to an impending divorce, signing a prenuptial agreement before marriage
is one of the most effective ways to ensure an amicable split. Some people
might find the idea of signing a prenup pessimistic, because it implies
there are doubts about the union. However, prenuptial agreements are designed
to fully protect both parties in case of a divorce. Setting one up before
your marriage ensures each spouse leaves with what they are owed.
Even if you don’t feel emotionally ready to separate from your partner,
you both need to be prepared for the legal divorce proceedings. Have copies
of important documents on-hand, especially anything relating to you or
your spouse’s financial situation. Meet with a professional attorney
beforehand so you know what to expect in a court situation and understand
what options are available to you other than litigation.
Be Willing to Compromise
No matter how you currently feel about your husband or wife, do not let
negative emotions cloud your judgment. The purpose of a divorce is not
to get revenge or wound the other party. For the divorce to go smoothly,
you, your spouse and your lawyers will all need to work together to reach
a solution that both sides are happy with. Without a prenuptial agreement
it is typical for divorcees to split earnings and belongings 50/50. Giving
your spouse something they want in exchange for something you want can
work out better for both of you in certain scenarios and can help promote
compromise, better communication and make the process less contentious.
Seek Alternative Dispute Resolution
Not everyone is interested in a traditional divorce. If you’d prefer
to go through alternative channels, there are options available to you.
Divorce mediation is a process that involves a divorcing couple working
with a neutral mediator to come to an agreement without the involvement
of lawyers. While this works for some, others may find it even more difficult
than going through the standard process. Each divorce is different, so
it’s important you and your spouse find a solution that allows you
both to walk away without regrets.
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