Making the decision to get divorced can be very difficult for everyone and this is particularly true where there are children involved. This will be a huge upheaval for the whole family and will take a toll on everyone.
A report released recently by Resolution, an association of family lawyers who champion mediation and collaborative divorce, suggests that there is a huge impact on children whose parents have divorced.
Therefore it is really important to keep disruption to a minimum wherever possible when going through the process of divorce. This will not be easy in most circumstances, but there are things you can do to try to minimise the acrimony between you and your ex-spouse and try to make the process as painless as it can be.
All couples are now expected to consider mediation during their divorce and this can really help to bring a resolution to some of the more sensitive issues.
Mediation is not about trying to get a couple to stay together, but about working through the issues that are causing blockages in the divorce process. Having a mediator involved means that they can appraise the circumstances without any emotion and guide both parties towards an agreement that feels comfortable for you both.
Even if mediation is not successful and you have to go to court, at least in this process you have tried to make it work and there may well be agreement reached on some of the issues.
Try talking about the divorce process with your children if they are old enough to understand as this may help them to have a clear idea in their mind about what is happening. In addition, try not to discuss the divorce with your ex-spouse whilst the children are around as this will help to avoid any more unnecessary upset.
No one wants to have to go through a divorce, but it is possible to keep things amicable. You can discuss your options with your solicitor and talk about ways to ensure that the divorce is completed as quickly and as easily as possible with the least amount of upset.
This information provided in this article is not intended to constitute legal advice and each relationship breakdown requires careful consideration in our view by a fully qualified Solicitor before decisions are made and before you embark on a certain course of action.
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