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Divorce can be smoother with a few important steps

The process of getting divorced in Montana can naturally be overwhelming no matter how long a couple has been married. Part of the reason divorce can be so stressful is that two spouses may not agree on how to handle their finances. Some tips may help with addressing the financial aspects of the marriage dissolution process.

An important first step during divorce is to pursue mediation, which can be less stressful than going to trial. During mediation, one of the divorcing couple's chief goals is to fairly distribute their assets. This ensures that they achieve a settlement that both parties feel is fair. It is opposite of what usually happens during trial, where one spouse might win a dispute at the other's expense.

Another benefit of mediation is that it can be less costly than litigation. Even a complex mediation process can cost much less than going to trial. Saving money in this process means that both parties may have more money left over to more confidently start their new lives following divorce.

In some cases, a couple simply cannot see eye to eye on how to split their assets or address other divorce issues, such as spousal support. As a result, they may have no choice but to go to trial to have a judge determine these issues for them. Taking into account the circumstances surrounding a client's marital separation, an attorney in Montana will strive to ensure that one's rights are protected and best interests upheld during either mediation or litigation.

Source:, "5 Financial Tips for a Smooth(er) Divorce", Jennifer Gretson, Oct. 21, 2017

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