Divorce is never easy, but sometimes it can be extremely difficult. When a divorce stalls or becomes hostile it can be emotionally and financially draining for the entire family. Immediate strategies must be taken to try to resolve any differences in order to keep the divorce on track. Even a couple who starts out with an agreeable divorce can end up with problems if disagreements begin. A difficult divorce can drag on for months or longer, keeping everyone in limbo and creating hostility.
The first thing to do when a problem becomes apparent is to determine exactly what is causing it. Sometimes emotions can get in the way of logical thinking, making the decisions harder than they should be. Only once you know the cause of the problem can you begin to resolve it. Remember that marital property, property obtained during the marriage, belongs to both spouses and is to be divided in an equitable manner.
One of the best ways to keep a divorce moving along is to identify potential issues before they become problematic. There are likely certain hot button issues that you may tend to avoid. Instead, tackle these issues first, while both parties are still fairly calm. Let your divorce attorney know which items are bound to be the most difficult so that they can be resolved in a timely manner.
A prenuptial agreement is helpful because it already outlines how major decisions will be made should a divorce occur. It will help you protect your assets and maintain your wishes after you separate. If you don’t have a prenup in place you can do the same thing with a postnuptial agreement. This is a similar document that determines how major divorce settlement terms will be handled. Your attorney will assist in working to achieve this type of agreement, which can be made even once you have decided to divorce.
If you are having trouble coming to an agreement regarding the terms of the divorce settlement it may require some outside help. Your attorney will be helpful in assisting you work through the major issues and will give you guidance as you move ahead. Many times your attorney will negotiate with your spouse’s attorney to come to an agreement that is acceptable and fair to both parties. In extreme cases, mediation may be necessary. A mediator is an objective third party professional trained to deal with couples as they make important decisions about divorce.
Sometimes a divorce begins to simply drag along when neither party is in any hurry to move ahead. This can take its toll on the family dynamic and make divorce harder for the children. When a divorce comes to a standstill it requires both parties to get it moving again. You can help to get it back on track with help from your divorce attorney. If you are going through a difficult divorce, contact the experienced lawyers at The Bellinger Law Office for an initial consultation.
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