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How to avoid getting too emotional over property division

Like almost everyone, residents of Worcester, Massachusetts, know how hard divorce can be. Property division questions, in particular, often turn contentious because emotions run high when it comes to ownership.

Property and assets are categorized as either marital or non-marital during a divorce. Marital property consists of properties and assets obtained during the marriage. The division of a property can be especially tricky if both parties bought it with their separate savings. The length of the marriage is also a factor in the equal distribution of properties. Business assets, retirement accounts, bank accounts and artwork owned by the couple are all included in the division of property and each of these should be valued to ensure equal division.

People in the midst of property division negotiations may have a hard time coping. Some cannot withstand the stress and emotions and they get emotional during the process. People who are dealing with these issues should maintain their composure and keep the big picture in mind. Parents should remain steady and reliable for themselves and for the children.

Three things can help people stay calm, cool and collected during the division of marital property. The first is to melt down privately. A person who is dealing with a lot of stress may share thoughts with a friend and express suppressed emotions, which is good for one's mental and physical health.

Second, divorcing spouse can broaden their perspective. How important are these issues in the long run? The future depends on present actions.

Third, divorcing spouses should direct their pent-up emotions toward some good end, perhaps by doing things they always wanted to do, such as yoga or running. This redirection of the stress can help the person regain the strength to face the upcoming days.

Further, having a professional overseeing the entire divorce case may eliminate a lot of stress and may also obtain the best possible results in the case.

Source: The Huffington Post, "3 ways to keep from going crazy after divorce," Marina Sbrochi, Dec. 28, 2012

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