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How to avoid major divorce issues during dissolution


Emotions exist at the beginning and end of most things. This is often true for marriages. Many Massachusetts couples would concur that the honeymoon stage of any relationship is a time of much happiness, joy and excitement. When these initial emotions fade, the couple could develop a long lasting, strong and loving relationship. For others, it is a time where it is apparent that the two are not right for one another and they make the decision to divorce. If the couple has children, this could cause various divorce issues such as custody disputes.

Being emotional and spiteful during the divorce process is often more common than many want to admit. In several cases, fathers and more susceptible to making divorce process mistakes due to their situation. Often times, a mother will maintain primary or the majority custody of their children. This could cause her soon-to-be ex-spouse to react in foolish or malicious manners that ultimately make matters even worse.

The one goal that a couple will often share in the divorce process is keeping the costs down. But when one spouse decides to act out with only the purpose to hurt their ex-spouse, this could drive the costs up. Highlighting this fact in the beginning could help both parties avoid such situations. Once that is established, both sides should fully understand their financial situation and future obligations.

A divorce settlement might take longer when children are involved. This could be resolved by making children a priority instead of a bargaining chip. Often times, parents will use children as leverage. This could be used in the property division process but more often than not, parents will use them to obtain more child support. This could backfire and even create a negative and emotional situation for the children. By focusing on the children and their best interests, this could be avoided.

The divorce process can be very complex and various issues could pop up at any time. This is why it is essential that both individuals understand their situation and ways to deal with it. Various divorce methods are available, so it is crucial that they carry out the process in the best way possible.

Source: The Huffington Post, "5 Dumb Mistakes Dads Make During Divorce and How to Avoid Them," B. Robert Farzad, Feb. 13, 2014

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