Tips for a Successful Divorce

By Dana Floyd

Divorce is one of the most stressful curveballs life can throw at a person. The path through divorce is not always a smooth one, but there are things you can do to make the experience as easy as possible for yourself and your family.

1. With your attorney, honesty is always the best policy.
While it is never enjoyable to share intimate details of a marriage with an “outsider,” it is imperative that your attorney know ALL the details that may have an impact on your divorce. An attorney is never pleased to learn someone withheld information for the first time in a courtroom. Forewarned is forearmed.

2. Documents can be your friends.
Paperwork is rarely anyone’s idea of a good time. However, documentation is an invaluable tool to your attorney in ensuring you receive a fair and equitable settlement. Make sure you supply your attorney with all financial statements, paystubs, tax returns and other documents he or she may need to best represent you.

3. The Golden Rule always rules.
Remember to treat others as you wish to be treated. This applies to everyone you may encounter throughout the divorce process — court personnel, social workers, opposing counsel and, most importantly, your spouse. Spouses behaving badly truly bring out the worst in each other. Frankly, no one knows how to push your buttons quite like a spouse. It is imperative to remember that all of your actions and words may be brought up against you in the courtroom. So even if your spouse chooses to take the low road, it is always best for you to remain on the high road.

4. Patience is key.
Unfortunately, the divorce process can sometimes be a long one. It can take time to compile financial information, participate in a social study or prepare for mediation and trial. Please remember that while the journey may be long, you will eventually reach your resolution and your attorney will be with you each step of the way.

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