When it comes to divorce, preparedness and attitude make a big difference

Even in cases where a divorce was an individual’s idea, going through the actual divorce process can take a heavy emotional toll. There are many important decisions that must be considered, negotiated and decided upon when untangling two lives. It's important, therefore, that an individual makes every effort to remain composed and focused.

When it comes to divorce, patience is an important virtue to possess and can end up saving an individual precious time, stress and money. It's wise, therefore, to become familiar with the divorce process and one's options before moving forward with divorce litigation. For example, a spouse may be willing to work out the terms of a divorce agreement through the collaborative divorce process.

In addition to becoming educated about one's divorce options, it's also important to become educated about one's financial status and options. Coming to the table with an accurate picture related to assets, debts, investments and other matters that could impact one's financial wellbeing can be a great benefit.

When minor-aged children are involved in a divorce, parents should make every attempt to work together to sort out child custody and visitation matters. Sadly, some divorcing parents are not able to agree on much of anything and, in these types of contentious divorces, the children ultimately end up bearing the scars.

Divorce can be a difficult process, but it's just that a process and, while it may not seem like it at times, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. At some point, the terms of a divorce and child custody arrangement will be finalized. Just how painful the process ends up being is ultimately dictated by an individual's preparedness, attitude and willingness to cooperate with a soon-to-be ex-spouse.

Source: Huffington Post, "7 Common Mistakes to Avoid in Divorce or Separation," Cheryl and Joe Dillon, Oct. 28, 2014

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