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Things to consider when getting a divorce

While most couples here in Pennsylvania have never considered divorce at any point during their marriage, this has unfortunately become a reality for others. For these couples, divorce comes with it heightened emotions and an often overwhelming process as well. In order to ease some of this stress, we wanted to point out a few things that divorcing couples should consider when getting a divorce.

First there is the obvious: asset division. While this is sometimes determined by a prenuptial agreement, for many couples this isn’t the case. Although this can often lead to legal disputes, speaking with an attorney before or during the process often helps smooth out disagreements and moves the process along faster as well.

Alimony is another thing that some couples may not consider. Keeping the lines of communication open during this part of the process is key and will require everyone to be on the same page as well. Forgetting to mention a loss of a job or assuming debt will be split evenly could result in financial problems for one of both spouses down the road.

If you’re like many married couples going through a divorce, chances are you have children to think about as well. When it comes to parents going through divorce, there are a lot of things to think about: child custody, visitation, child support and even the talk about your ex’s new spouse. While the hope is always that you will be able to handle the idea of your spouse dating someone new and that your children will understand the new family dynamic, this isn’t always the case. Many people across the nation site open-mindedness and communication as the reason their divorce went as smoothly as it did.

Keeping all of these things in mind may be the necessary preparation you need in order to make your own divorce go just as efficiently down the road.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Blended Family Friday: Meet Josette's Family (PHOTOS)," Oct. 4, 2013

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