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Is it possible to have an amicable divorce?

We have all heard negative stories about divorce. The word divorce often elicits images of a nasty process. We think of anger, big arguments, court hearings and negativity It is easy to see why this would be the case. Most people do not take a vow and build a life with the expectation of it ending with divorce.

Divorce is not always that way.

The choice to divorce tends to be a well thought out decision that stems from a lot of emotion and self-discovery. What many people forget is that divorce is not an ending, but also a beginning. A fresh start can mean new adventures and goals.

With a little help, divorcing in a friendly manner is definitely possible. Two people undertaking a divorce can keep some key things in mind in order to make the process smoother for everyone.

  • Communicate: When going through something as emotionally trying and life changing as divorce it is best to keep lines of communication open. It can be hard to keep emotions at bay. The more you and your partner communicate with a level head, the better the chances that issues will be resolved amicably. Follow your attorney's advice about communication and information sharing.
  • Strategize: Know the legal options for divorce and choose the best fit for your situation. Some couples may decide to have a mediated divorce. This is when a neutral party helps facilitate negotiations. Other couples may find that they can come to a consensus regarding most matters on their own. These couples could choose to file for an uncontested divorce. Both of these options tend to be more diplomatic.
  • Prioritize: Take time to think about your end goals where children and assets are concerned. The better you understand what you want life to look like after the divorce, the more knowledgeable you will be in making decisions. Know how property division and custody are handled under divorce laws in Illinois.

Can you accomplish a divorce without a fight? Yes, it is possible. Everyone's situation is different. Under some circumstances, it is possible to divorce without going through a trial. If two people have made the decision to separate, it can be possible to do so in a peaceful manner. Remember: communicate, strategize, and prioritize.

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