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Parenting plans are easier negotiated without contention

The divorce process is often associated with bitter legal fights while the divorcing parties typically determine the level of contention. Many Massachusetts couples choose to split in a manner that will allow them to continue having an amicable post-divorce relationship -- especially when there are children involved. Negotiations about visitation and parenting plans need not be contentious.

How the process is approached may determine whether a divorce will be amicable or litigious. It is suggested that an unhappy spouse should not hide his or her feelings from the other party. Gradual discussion about divorce may be less devastating than delivering the wish to divorce as a surprise. If it is discussed over time, both spouses may become comfortable with the idea, and this will ease the negotiation process.

Once the parents are content with the prospect of divorce, it will be easier to discuss it with the children. Parents who can agree on all matters related to the children prior to filing for divorce can avoid having those important decisions made by a judge who knows nothing about the dynamics of the family. Continued support during this time can ease the children's transition to the new life of two separate households.

Once the details concerning the children have been decided, spouses can retain the services of experienced Massachusetts divorce attorneys who can go over the agreements reached on parenting plans and visitation schedules and who will make sure nothing is left unaddressed. Lawyers can also provide guidance on matters related to property division. Each spouse's attorney can ensure that the final divorce agreement conforms with legal requirements before presenting it to a family court.

Source: The Huffington Post, "How To Divorce Like A Grown-Up (And Co-Parent Like One, Too)", Brittany Wong, Feb. 29, 2016

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