When going through a divorce, it is all too easy to become overwhelmed by your emotions and when this happens people tend to make poor choices. Although it is difficult, divorce, if it is to be resolved amicably, needs to be approached in a calm and pragmatic manner. This way the emotion, stress and potential for volatility are more likely to be avoided. With this in mind, here are some legal tips for when you are going through a divorce.
Take Legal Advice Before Entering into Divorce Proceedings
The first and many would agree, the most sensible thing to do when faced with the prospect of divorce, is to take legal advice. An objective perspective, that can provide a personalised road map for you to consider, can play a valuable role in ensuring you are aware of all the relevant issues and that you start off in a proactive and positive way.
The support of legal experts who deal with divorce cases on a daily basis will give you the peace of mind and confidence you need to move forward in a way that minimises stress. One of the first strategies your legal council may suggest is to seek resolution using professional mediation.
Try to Resolve the Divorce Through Mediation
The most important factors for consideration, when going through a divorce, include custody of children, the division of assets, such as property and support. Making decisions about such things is much better done using professional mediation. This is because it will cost much less, be less stressful and the end result is more likely to be amicable.
Mediation, simply involves sitting down, making a list of all the variable factors that are involved in the legal separation of spouses and coming to an agreement regarding the best way to move forward. If you are unable to settle the details of the divorce using a mediator, then it may be the case that you need to go to court.
Avoid Taking the Divorce to Court
Bear in mind that most divorces involve the requirement of living separately for at least two years. The only quick way of divorcing is if adultery or another type of unreasonable behaviour is the reason – the “blame game” – the majority of these types of divorce are done via the courts.
Settling your divorce through the courts should be a last resort, but in some instances, it is unavoidable. Be aware that the process can take a long time, can be very expensive and very stressful – all of which, most people, want to avoid.
The best legal advice is to strive for an equitable solution where both parties work together for the common good of all involved.