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Dealing with divorce issues ahead of time can be helpful

Sunday, October 22, 2017

It is a fair statement to make that few people enter a marriage hoping or expecting it to fail. However, as Texas residents are keenly aware, divorce is an ongoing reality in the American way of life. That doesn't mean, however, that a marital separation needs to be a battlefield -- with some preplanning and mutual understanding, the process can be streamlined somewhat by avoiding or mitigating some common divorce issues.

Money is, of course, the most commonly argued-over divorce issue on the docket. Asset and debt division can lead couples to fierce and bitter conflict. However, seeking mediation and support in advance of approaching the settlement table can make a difference for couples who would rather avoid a knock-down, drag-out grudge match. Discussing issues like child support and what to do with the family home in a mediated environment can help make the decision easier.

The next most common issue is, of course, child custody and parenting plans. Not every parent will see eye-to-eye on how a child is to be raised, and this can cause serious issues down the line. Dealing with those issues early in the divorce process can help ease children into a difficult transition, not to mention help parents develop and stick to a comprehensive parenting plan upon which they can both agree.

Of course, divorce issues are not always so easily remedied -- if conflict resolution was that simple, the divorce may not have been necessary initially. Thankfully, Texas residents have many available avenues of support they can utilize. Even the most difficult divorce can benefit from external assistance and guidance.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Divorce Lessons: 8 Critical Choices in Making a Positive Split", John McElhenney, Aug. 5, 2014

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