Ways to simplify a divorce proceeding

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Divorce on Monday, June 3, 2013.

Divorce can be a complicated process. Some Illinois residents may be interested to learn of a few ways that spouses contemplating divorce may be able to help make the process simpler.

The first step is to set anger or hard feelings aside during the divorce proceedings. These cases tend to be emotional, but using anger or other negative emotions when negotiating may only make the process more stressful. When a dispute arises, some experts recommend reviewing the reason behind the request. If a person is asking for something to punish or upset the other spouse, it may be time to reevaluate the situation. Two more things that often help are to acknowledge that some sacrifices will need to be made and to use a cost-benefit analysis when deciding what to give up and what to fight to keep.

When couples divorce, everyone may want to help: Family members, friends and coworkers may all know someone else who went through a divorce and often try to give advice. Unfortunately, most of them are not trained professionals, and they may not have all of the facts. Ignoring all well-intentioned advice can help: Friends and family members are great for moral support, but they can be terrible for legal advice unless they happen to be lawyers.Finally, seeking the advice of a licensed attorney who understands and can help you achieve your goals is the best way to help keep emotions off the negotiating table.

A divorce does not have to be messy. An experienced family law attorney may be able to help explain the process and negotiate with the other spouse to help make the process easier on everyone involved.

Source: Huffington Post, “5 Steps to a Clean Divorce“, Alison Heller, May 31, 2013