Whether ending one’s marriage came as a surprise or was expected, it is important to navigate the process carefully. Unfortunately, it can be surprisingly easy to let emotions take control of a divorce. When this happens, the outcome is rarely what either party would like. Instead, Minnesota couples who are ready to move forward with divorce should carefully consider what actions will be beneficial during the process, as well as what actions to avoid.
What to do
While it might seem impossible at first, one of the best strategies to a successful divorce is to be as reasonable and cooperative as possible. This includes fully disclosing all property and assets, including those that are considered separate property. It is also important to have a firm understanding of the issues you will potentially have to address, including:
- Child custody
- Child support
- Property division
- Spousal support
What to avoid
Divorce is a big life change and heaping additional changes on top is not always wise. This is not the time to accept a new job in a different state or to move out of the country — especially if there are children involved. Hiding assets, violating temporary orders or frequently losing one’s temper during divorce proceedings can all backfire, too.
There are a lot of emotions tied to ending a marriage, but those emotions do not necessarily have a large place in the actual divorce process. Deciding how to divide marital assets or whether one spouse needs alimony should be based on finances and other factors rather than emotional appeals. This can be understandably difficult though, which is why so many divorces choose to work closely with an attorney who is well versed in Missouri family law.