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Conflict resolution may lessen the trauma of divorce

Some people's expectations of their marriages are unrealistic, and they might end up considering a divorce. However, it is often suggested that careful consideration must be afforded to possible remedies for the situation before taking the final step to file for divorce. Professionals are available that can help with conflict resolution, and even if the Massachusetts couple's ultimate decision is to end the marriage, divorces free of conflict are less traumatic and also less costly.

Before putting an end to a marriage, couples may want to go for marriage counseling, and, even if it does not resolve the issue, they will know that they tried. If there are children involved, there will be additional factors to consider to save them as much of the divorce trauma as possible. Child custody issues will likely play a significant role in negotiations if a divorce is chosen. Coping financially after a divorce can be difficult, and rather than rushing into divorce, it may be wise first to establish a savings fund.

Once a spouse is convinced that divorce is inevitable, the next logical step would be to consult with an experienced divorce attorney to gain knowledge of the state laws related to family law. A lawyer can explain the laws related to property division, child custody and support, along with spousal support. It may be wise also to build an emotional support team.

A divorce can be a life-changing event, and more and more Massachusetts couples elect to avoid the trauma of litigation and rather opt for conflict resolution through divorce mediation. This offers a platform for the peaceful negotiation of any contentious matters that will allow both parties to air their concerns. The respective attorneys of both spouses may be present during negotiation sessions to provide valuable input and ensure the legality of the ultimate divorce agreement.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Don't End Your Marriage Until You've Asked These 7 Questions", Brittany Wong, Feb. 9, 2016

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