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Legal issues often persist after divorce

Divorce is oftentimes an emotionally stressful time, so it's no surprise that many people going through one would like to have all of the issues resolved when the divorce is finalized. However, despite many people's best efforts, there are some issues which may not be resolved with the finalization of a divorce, such as alimony agreements and child custody issues. Oftentimes these situations will persist long after a divorce is completed, so it can be important for both parties involved to develop a strategy for handling these issues if they arise.

How an individual handles issues after a divorce can sometimes mirror how the divorce itself was handled. For instance, marriages which were able to dissolve amicably through a mediation process may be able to utilize the same approach when handling issues after a divorce. In these scenarios, when changes to alimony payments are requested, or life changes necessitate an alteration in a child custody agreement, a separated couple can approach the issue outside of a courtroom and come to a mutually beneficial agreement.

However, in situations where the divorce was more contentious, it may be necessary to handle these issues in court. When this is necessary, it may be beneficial to acquire the help of an experienced legal expert to help prepare a case. Oftentimes this means building evidence to help support a claim; for example, an individual requesting a change to alimony amounts may need to show their financial inability to pay the previously agreed upon amount.

While issues will often present themselves after a divorce, with some foresight many of these problems can be resolved before they grow into complicated legal struggles. While some couples may not anticipate having difficulties after their marriage is dissolved, having a strategy to handle these issues should they happen may help avoid problems later.

Source: Huffington Post, "Using Mediation to Keep Your Cool During Divorce and Beyond," Silvana D. Raso, Aug. 27, 2013

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