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Divorce issues likened to air traffic control by some

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Dealing with divorce is challenging for any couple deciding to take the step to end their marriage. When considered with divorce issues familiar to many Texas residents – child custody, alimony and the like – it can become an extremely complicated juggling act to come to a mutually agreed-upon solution through negotiation. However, by prioritizing issues and seeking support in planning for how to deal with them, couples can streamline the divorce process toward the goal of a more expedient divorce. 

One commentator has notably used the analogy of air traffic control to illustrate one way to deal with divorce issues. The trick, it is said, is to rank each issue in terms of importance – for example, a parenting plan may take precedence over alimony payments for some couples. By guiding each of these "planes" safely to land one-by-one, it allows both individuals to focus the entirety of their attention on one issue at a time to ensure it is fully dealt with before tackling the next.

It is also important to build in flexibility to solutions in much the same way as checking instruments on an airplane should be done hand-in-glove with gauging the "feel" of the plane itself as it comes in to land. For example, a parenting plan may not stay static as children age, so accounting for the fact any agreed upon plan will be ever-changing is an important step toward dealing with that particular issue. Generally speaking, strong communication between parties and strong support of both spouses in articulating solutions can help to smooth this difficult road. 

No one will claim divorce issues are easy to solve. However, Texas residents can benefit from a wealth of professional support in tackling each issue as it appears. In this way, both individuals and any children involved in the process can move forward in a positive way. 

Source: The Huffington Post, "Handling Your Divorce Like an Air-Traffic Controller", Diane Danois, March 15, 2015

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