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4 tips to help make divorce less contentious

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The thought of a divorce is something that some people can't fathom because they assume that the entire process has to be contentious. This isn't the case. It is often possible for adults to work out a settlement agreement instead of having to go through a battle. Of course, there are times when a court battle is the only way that you can make the divorce happen.

When you know that your marriage is ending, you can make up your mind to do your part to make the process as smooth as possible. You don't have to forget about your rights or give your ex everything that they want.

  • Keep good records: Not only do you need to know about the financial matters that have to be handled in the divorce, you also need to keep records. Anything that you and your ex discuss should be written down so you can refer to it later. This might be a verbal agreement about parenting time or a way that property can be divided.
  • Find your new normal: Your new normal isn't going to be anything like what you lived when you were married. You have to figure out what works for you and what doesn't so that you can settle in to your new life. It is important that you are as comfortable as possible with what's going on. You should set goals that empower you to live the life you want.
  • Don't take things too fast: You might want to be friends with your ex, but make sure you don't take this too fast. You also need to ensure that you aren't trying to jump into a new relationship too quickly. Instead, take time to improve yourself so that you know you can stand on your own. Additionally, take the time to focus on your kids now so that you can build up the relationship you want with them.
  • Consider options carefully: Throughout the divorce, you are going to have tough choices to make. This includes those about custody and property division. Don't focus only on what will make your life easier now. Also think about what can help you in the future.

Always make sure that you are protecting your rights during the divorce. In the past, your ex might have acted as your protector, but this isn't the case now. Instead, you and your legal representation have to handle this important task.

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