In an ideal world, divorces would represent “smooth sailing.” Reality tells a different story. Proactive planning with spouses cooperating can make things easier for both spouses while looking out for the best interests of their children.
To say that divorce is stressful would be an understatement. Close to half of United States couples are pulling the plug on their marriages. It would be an understatement to claim that anxiety levels remain high throughout and following a marital dissolution.
At the top of the list of stressors is finances. More contentious divorces take up even more time, which results in more legal fees. When one household becomes two dwellings, costs increase with one or both spouses footing the bill.
The spouse who wasn’t the primary wage earner faces more challenges post-divorce. They face a potentially difficult time financially. Proactive planning and sound strategies could reduce costs and set both spouses up for a more stable financial future.
Compromise is key
Finding common ground may be difficult during a legally complex and emotionally charged time. However, a pragmatic approach that minimizes emotional elements can help keep the peace while focusing on the best interests of children.
Divorce litigation is expensive and only prolongs already lengthy proceedings. Setting aside differences, even temporarily, can help divorcing couples move on to the following chapters of their respective lives.
Provided domestic violence was not a factor in the divorce, alternative dispute resolution that includes mediation can save money, as opposed to expensive litigation. However, it requires both spouses to be on the same page and commit to a compromise that works for them and their kids.