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3 ways to have a better divorce

Even when it comes as a relief, the divorce process can be difficult to handle both psychologically and logistically. While some complications may prove impossible to avoid, there are several ways you can make matters easier for yourself and for your children.

If you are aware of any issues that could add complexity to your divorce, such as a family business or questionable prenuptial agreement, be sure to have a thorough discussion with your attorney. This way, you can learn more about potential options and make an informed decision.

1. Prepare your financial information

A Florida divorce necessitates providing complete and accurate information about your assets, income and debts. You also need this information as you negotiate property division, alimony and child support, whether you do so through litigation or in a collaborative law setting. This process goes easier if you have all relevant information on hand along with documentation such as bank records.

In some cases, you may discover indications that your spouse has hidden money or has otherwise misled you about the family finances. If so, you need to speak with your lawyer about ways to uncover the truth and protect your interests.

2. Avoid social media

With today's ubiquity of social media, few avoid the impulse to share their lives on their platform of choice. While you may know not to post information specifically about your divorce, even seemingly unrelated posts can be used against you. Turning on your privacy settings may not help either, as you have no control over what your followers may choose to share or with whom. The wisest option is to refrain from posting during this time.

3. Consider collaborative solutions

Divorce litigation can become exceedingly acrimonious, taking a large toll on one's mental health. If you have children, your emotional state can affect them as well, making this already difficult time in their lives even harder. Even couples with substantial disagreements and personality conflicts may benefit from participating in collaborative law solutions such as mediation. These types of settings provide benefits by focusing on constructive communication and reducing conflict.

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