8 Ways To Survive Divorce Court
If you are divorcing, being able to get along well enough with your spouse to work out at least some issues ahead of time is ideal. Divorce, however, is seldom that simple and the issue that surrounds divorce, including child custody, support and visitation, property and debt division and more, are often contentious and emotionally-charged. When divorce court becomes inevitable, you can take action to help ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible. Read on to learn 8 ways to survive divorce court.
1. Mediation is not only a helpful way to avoid the time and expense of court, it is now a requirement in some states. Working with a third-party neutral person to help you work through issues can lessen the litigation nightmare.
2. Like mediation, collaborative divorce involves using attorneys who agree to use a less adversarial approach to divorce. It's interesting to note that many collaborative divorces end up using mediation as a tool.
3. Family and child therapy can help give all involved parties better skills to cope with the stressful and emotional fallout of divorce in general and divorce court in particular.
4. The court system can move at a snail's pace, so expect delays and postponements from both sides. Be sure to keep watch on the financial and time aspects of these delays, and know when to reconsider mediation.
5. This adversarial process can bring out the worst in both you and your spouse, so remain focused on resolution instead of emotions. On a related note, use a respectful manner while in court and avoid resorting to petty and vindictive behavior.
6. The courtroom is no place for children, and can make an already traumatized child feel even worse. Child custody cases and interviews that involve the child directly are best kept in private chambers.
7. Well-intentioned family members and friends can only add to your stress level if they keep bringing up their own divorce experiences. Your divorce is a unique situation and you need not satisfy others' needs for revenge.
8. When it comes to the more important issues, try not to set " line-in-the-sand" standards; be ready to compromise. Conversely, identify the issues that you are willing to concede upon.
Work closely with your legal team to learn more about coping with divorce court and count on your divorce attorney to help to resolve issues both outside of court and in court.
Contact a business, such as Berki Law Group, LLC, for more information.