While it may be difficult, ensuring that your divorce is without conflict can provide you with plenty of benefits. As discussed in our previous blogs, spouses who work amicably to end their marriage can use alternatives to the normal divorce process (such as mediation) to save money and expedite the process, as well as leave more room open to negotiation. Even in a typical divorce case, reducing the amount of conflict involved will keep the case as simple as possible. We understand that acting amicably in the heat of a divorce often isn’t easy, however. These guidelines should help in keeping your divorce as amicable as possible, so that you’re able to get the process over with and get back to your regular life.
Stay Focused on What Matters
Ultimately, conflict in a divorce won’t help you reach any of your goals. One of the first things you should do when faced with a divorce is to think of your priorities – often, these consist of caring for your children, ensuring that you’ll be financially stable, and moving on to a better future. Although you’ll have to deal with your spouse throughout the process, doing so amicably only better serves these goals. Preparing with your attorney to ensure all of your finances are accounted for, and that your needs will be once the divorce is over, will result in a much smoother process than allowing yourself to get caught up in the emotions of a divorce.
Even if your spouse doesn’t, you should always remain respectful. If you’re following the traditional divorce route, keeping conflict to a minimum reduces the number of unnecessary delays in your case, as conflict will need to be resolved before a divorce decree is granted. Bringing up minor details to spite your partner won’t ultimately have a significant impact on your case and only serves to waste time, resulting in more attorney’s fees and a less receptive judge. Remaining respectful, even in the face of a spouse who isn’t, shows that you’re willing to work through the process and resolve issues quickly instead of creating new ones.
If both spouses can interact with each other respectfully, and negotiate the terms of their divorce, an uncontested divorce or mediation should be considered. These alternative forms of divorce save money by avoiding court fees, and significantly reduce the amount of time needed to complete the separation.
Work With a Qualified Professional
Everyone will need assistance throughout a divorce, whether it’s in the form of emotional assistance from family and friends or professional guidance from a divorce counselor or attorney. Leveraging the experience of these professionals goes a long way, and you have a wide range of services available to help you through the process. If you’re searching for an experienced divorce attorney to make your divorce as stress-free as possible, contact the Law Offices of S. Dylan Pearcy today to get started.