An Amicable Divorce

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The following articles present a general overview of divorce and marital property issues.

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An Amicable Divorce

Divorce is often an intensely emotional experience. The decision to end a marriage is not an easy one, and often it is accompanied by anger, fear or resentment. The negative emotions associated with divorce are responsible for more than hurt feelings; they affect the legal process and its outcome as well. When children are involved, the negativity can have a huge impact on them, causing additional upheaval and distress. It is in your family's best interests to approach divorce from an amicable perspective if possible. This can spare you a great deal of time, money and heartache. An experienced family law attorney from Hale and Hale, PLC in Franklin, Tennessee, can help you deal with your situation clearly and objectively.

The more hostile the divorce, the more difficult it will be to resolve any disputes, particularly ones about notoriously contentious issues like custody determinations, spousal support and the division of marital property.

Child custody

When it comes to child custody, the court's role is to ensure that all decisions are made in the best interests of the children. Custody determinations are usually easier for everyone involved if they can be agreed upon by the parents rather than dictated by the court. If you come to court with a proposed custody agreement in hand, the court is more likely to accept your and your spouse's wishes. Once the legal maneuvering is over, you and your former spouse will still need to make important parenting decisions together; if you can remain civil and cooperative now, you are much more likely to have a successful co-parenting relationship in the future.

Accepting that the divorce is happening and making the best of the situation goes a long way toward quelling conflict. So does choosing not to go over past disagreements in your mind; refusing to let go can be a form of denial. This is a time to look forward. Though divorce can be painful, it is also the beginning of a new life. Acknowledge your pain (and your spouse's pain) and make a plan for moving on. Instead of using the divorce process as a way to win one last argument, see if you can use it as a way to resolve lingering issues and put them behind you.

If you decide to pursue a divorce, your attitude can make it more or less amicable. When you fight to have your side prevail at all costs, you force the other person to retaliate. However, if your focus is instead on finding solutions that work for both of you, the resistance against you begins to dissolve. After all, it is hard to fight someone who is on your side and wants you to be happy with the outcome.

Speak to a divorce lawyer

An experienced family law attorney can be your best ally during a divorce. Contact a family law attorney at Hale and Hale, PLC in Franklin, Tennessee, who is interested in helping you reach an amicable resolution.

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