Families can have a hard time with divorce, and fighting through the process doesn’t do them any favors. This can be especially true when there are kids involved. But you could take this opportunity to lay the groundwork for successful co-parenting with a cooperative dissolution, and the children may thank you for it.
Children show better emotional, psychological and academic development when parents reduce the amount of conflict on display, even if they are no longer married. Communication, respect and agreement can greatly help a child’s growth, and those factors could be on full display when dissolution is on the table. The process may not be for everyone, but there are plenty of benefits for those that can successfully navigate the requirements.
Setting the terms
A joint petition will outline an agreement for important matters going forward:
- Any parenting plans for the children
- How you will divide property
- What spousal support will be in place
Testing the plan
Once a hearing is underway, it will likely be one of the major proving grounds to show that dissolution was the right choice:
- Understanding: You and your spouse will need to know what is at stake and be able to appreciate how your decisions will affect your lives moving forward. The courts may not be on board if it appears the one party is in the dark on matters like spousal support or child custody.
- Cooperation: Your plan for parenting, assets and liabilities will need to be supported by you and your partner. Dissolution may not be for those that can’t see eye to eye on important matters.
- Planning: Ending a marriage can be complicated. Even if you’re in full agreement on the broad strokes, you’ll still need to have a coherent plan for even your most complex assets. This can include things like retirement plans, investments and real estate.
While dissolution may seem more appealing than a divorce, it isn’t the right choice for every couple. Understanding the process can be the first step is deciding if it’s the correct avenue for you and your family.