The divorce process is rarely a completely painless experience. Even if you remain on good terms with your ex-partner, it can be emotionally painful to move on and separate from what you have built together.
However, there are some things that you can do to make the divorce process smoother, quicker and less painful for everyone.
Tips to Prepare for an Amicable Divorce
- Keep communication amicable
This may be easier for some couples than others! The reason for the breakdown in the marriage can play a significant role here and it can be tempting to let anger and other negative emotions take over. The process will be much easier if you can keep communication relevant and amicable.
- Work out what you want
It can be difficult to envisage the future when you start the divorce process because there are so many aspects of your future life that seem uncertain. It can be beneficial to try and work out what your future may look like; where do you want to live? Can you afford to stay in the family home? If you can afford to stay in the family home, do you want to?
- Prioritise the children
This is an obvious point but does sometimes get lost in the process. Unfortunately, it is common for parents to become so embroiled in the separation that they forget about how their actions might be impacting the children of the marriage. Children of any age are going to find it difficult to accept that their parents are separating, and it is important to protect them from any conflict.
- Try to take the emotion out of it
However difficult it may be, if you can look at the facts without distributing blame and try to look at the situation rationally, then you are going to be able to make better decisions which will ultimately help you get to the end of the divorce process faster and more smoothly.
- Seek legal advice
It is important to seek legal advice for a family law specialist at the first available opportunity as the decisions that you make early on can have a lasting impact.
If you would like support on preparing for an amicable divorce or have any questions regarding the divorce process, please contact Cheryl Haywood, Family Law Associate at SAS Daniels LLP, on 01260 282314 or email [email protected].