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How can you make your divorce less contentious?

While sometimes both spouses are committed to ending their marriage, divorce is often a one-sided endeavor that only the husband or wife wants. It's often in instances in which both parties aren't on board with calling it quits that divorces are most contentious. There are things that you can do to minimize the conflict as you discuss child custody and support, alimony and property division though.

One of the first things that you'll want to do soon after you decide that you're ready to divorce is to figure out how you're going to communicate with one another. You may want to keep all your correspondence with your soon-to-be ex in writing.

Written communication can be ideal for you to keep track of the agreements that you make. Having all correspondence documented in writing can give you each the time that you need to fully consider any offers and then respond to them when you feel up to it.

The more civil that you and your ex are in communicating with one another, the less apt it is to have a lingering effect on you and your kids' lives.

It's once you and your ex have established how you prefer to communicate with one another that you can then turn your attention to your goals. You may find it helpful to create a list of short- and long-term goals that you have for your future.

These goals may center around rebuilding a friendship with your ex or learning to more effectively co-parent with them. You should also dedicate a portion of your goals list to talking about expectations that you have for your kids and yourself.

It's important that you remember to find time to take care of yourself when you're going through a divorce. You may want to try a new activity or join a support group as a way of doing this. This will help you adjust to your newfound set of circumstances.

Communicating and trying to broker agreements with your ex likely isn't easy. If you two find yourselves arguing so much that it's preventing you from reaching a resolution in your case, then a divorce mediation attorney may be able to help. Your Hamilton lawyer can negotiate with your ex on your behalf with the ultimate goal of helping you two compromise so that you can settle your Ohio divorce.

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