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Ask these questions before deciding on divorce

You have been considering getting a divorce from your spouse, but you're not sure if it's the right option. In this situation, it's truly best for you not to do anything yet. When you speak with your spouse about divorce, it may break all levels of trust that you've built over time. It can be hurtful and may even result in the end of your relationship when you aren't sure that's what you want.

Can mediation or arbitration help my divorce case?

A divorce is a challenge, even when it's something both parties want. While your divorce might not be the kind of aggressive divorce you see in the media, it's still the end of a marriage. You may have negative feelings about your spouse or just want to get the divorce over with so that you can move on.

Don't take advice from friends about your divorce

No two divorces are exactly the same, which is why the best rule to follow is not to take the advice of people who aren't going through your situation. While others have been divorced and might have good tips for you, some of their knowledge or experiences may not help in your situation.

A difficult custody challenge can take you back to court

You and your ex-spouse went through a difficult divorce, and it took you a long time to settle on a custody agreement you were both happy with. Now, however, you're displeased with the fact that your ex-spouse seems to be keeping things your kids to take to their home, and you have heard that they're no longer working.

Do you know your parenting style?

You and your spouse may not have the same parenting style, and that's something you may want to be concerned with if you're going through a divorce. Both parents should do their best to agree on a single parenting style, rules for punishments or rewards and other factors involving raising their children. If they don't, then there is a greater likelihood of having a conflict (or multiple conflicts) as the child grows.

Community property: Divide your marital assets equally

A divorce can be hard to deal with, especially if you're not the spouse initiating it. You're blindsided by your spouse's wish to separate, and you hope you can work things out. However, if your spouse isn't willing, then you do need to start to move forward with the divorce process.

Help your children through your divorce

Most people have watched the scene multiple times in the movies. A couple sits down with their children. She is crying. He fidgets awkwardly. Together, they explain to the children how much they love them. Although it may seem stereotypical, informing your children about your real-life divorce may not be that different than couples who do so on screen.

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