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5 steps for a diplomatic divorce

If your marriage didn't turn out to be the beautiful relationship you hoped it would be, you're certainly not alone. Also, there's a chance your divorce won't be so beautiful either. Legal proceedings have a way of ruining friendly relations. Nevertheless, if both you and your ex take the high road in your divorce process, you can navigate this process peacefully.

Let's say you've met your spouse for a cup of coffee to talk about your impending divorce proceedings. Any interactions you have with your spouse following the decision to divorce are delicate moments. The way you handle them will set the tone for the rest of your legal proceedings.

Advice for keeping the peace

To facilitate the diplomatic dissolution of your marriage, this article offers divorcing spouses some actionable pieces of advice:

  • Don't try to get revenge: Sometimes spouses will do things, like ask to keep a specific piece of property in the asset division process, just to "get even" with the other spouse. Consider your ex-spouse's feelings when you make different decisions during the divorce process. Although you might not feel like walking on egg shells, being a little bit thoughtful as to the choices you make can go a long way to prevent unnecessary battling during your divorce.
  • Get past old arguments and hurts: You and your spouse will be carrying a lot of baggage from your past relationship. This can affect your decision-making by taking you out of the peaceful and reconciliatory mindset required for the fastest, most stress-free and cost-effective divorce. Spouses may want to consider counseling to overcome these painful feelings from the past.
  • Let go of love and anger: Perhaps the most difficult part of divorce is the strange mix of love and anger you may feel for your spouse. Both of these emotions can get in the way of viewing your divorce logically, as a legal business transaction. Your lawyer can help you see your divorce proceedings in a detached and logical way. Ultimately, however, the onus will be on you to stay as detached and rational as possible about the process.

Take the high road in your Georgia divorce proceedings

Most experienced family law attorneys have seen how bad and ugly divorces can get. They also know that the financial and emotional costs of a contentious divorce are wasteful and unnecessary in most cases. If you want to resolve your divorce in a way that you're proud of - from an emotional and legal perspective - talk to your family law attorney about strategies to take the highest road possible at all times during your divorce.

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