While divorce may mark the end of your marriage, it does not have to mark the end of your family. Divorcing spouses who share children will need to continue to work together as co-parents while they learn how to share their parenting responsibilities separately.
You have many options as a divorcing couple. By choosing the right option for you and your children, you can build the future your family needs and deserves.
Work together now to avoid conflict later
Movies and TV shows might have you believe that divorce is always a long, painful fight; however, going through an expensive, drawn-out court battle isn’t the only option. Divorce requires you and your spouse to reevaluate your parenting responsibilities and split assets. While this process can be contentious, spouses who choose to work together civilly can better ensure fair divorce terms for both parties.
Some of the common causes of conflict during divorce stem from an inability to think clearly due to the emotional tension that leads to divorce. However, taking a step back to look at the situation objectively, as difficult as it can be, will help you arrive at fair and reasonable conclusions that benefit everyone impacted by the divorce. There are multiple people and rules to consider, including:
- Tax rules for asset redistribution
- The best interests of children
- The impact on the children’s grandparents
- Fulfilling the legal requirements for divorce
- Your future goals post-divorce
- Your spouse’s goals post-divorce
Exploring divorce alternatives
If you and your spouse choose to split parenting duties and work together, you would both benefit from a divorce that places the least amount of stress on your children and your relationship as co-parents. Pursuing alternative options to litigated divorce, such as mediated or collaborative divorce, often leads to quicker, fairer resolutions for both parents and their children.
If you and your spouse are interested in avoiding the drama and contention of litigation, contact an experienced family law attorney to discuss traditional divorce alternatives.