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Streamlining divorce

So many things can be simplified. From recipes to math and from finances to clutter around the house, simplification can often make matters easier to deal with and life more pleasant. Even divorce can be simplified.

A recent article on divorce simplification listed several ways in which people can streamline a legal process most find daunting. Of course, even when a person facing the end of their marriage takes some or all of the steps outlined, it is important to lean on your friends and family for emotional support.

The article on simplification is made up of different hints from family law attorneys from around the nation. One of the first pieces of advice is for those who want to explain their rationale for the divorce in a letter to their spouse.

If you're inclined to do that, have a lawyer look the letter over before you send it. A family law attorney can help ensure that the letter doesn't include statements in which you take responsibility for all that went wrong in the marriage; statements that can come back to bite you later.

Another suggestion: devote the time your divorce needs. Going through a divorce is like having a second job," a lawyer states. You have one chance to do your divorce properly, so be ready to devote the time and energy required to gather documents, meet with professionals, and do the work to smooth your kids' transition.

The article also gives advice on making a settlement offer to your spouse, making motions in court, understanding a court's perspective on child custody, and getting second legal opinions, among other matters. For those in Butler County facing divorce, a conversation with an experienced family law attorney is an opportunity to get the guidance you need to navigate divorce successfully.

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