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Divorce need not be contentious

The decision to end a marriage is not an easy one and one that is seldom made lightly in Florida. The hurt and anger that so often follow the decision to divorce can be a challenge to deal with particularly when young children are involved. There are steps that can be taken to make the process easier on everyone.

First, one should make sure that there really is no other option. Couples have disagreements and fights. Make sure that a divorce isn't a permanent solution to a temporary problem that time and cooler heads might be able to resolve. If one is past the point of no return and the decision is irrevocable, try to maintain respect for the other person. If young children are involved, they may pick up on feelings of animosity that can add to their hurt and confusion.

Another way to reduce tension is to agree on goals and outcomes following the divorce. If two people share the same goal they may be able to successfully and peacefully negotiate a means to arrive at that. This can again be true if one of the shared goals is the welfare of the children. Keeping shared goals in mind may also assist with divorce negotiations. Mediation or a collaborative divorce can also provide a means to a more peaceful settlement.

Divorce is not to be taken lightly. If there really is no other solution, a person should consult with an experienced family law attorney in Florida. A knowledgeable attorney can review the family dynamics and situation and help point the way to a fair and equitable settlement.  

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