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How to Make Your Divorce Less Contentious

How to Make Your Divorce Less Contentious

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.

Be Prepared

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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