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Divorce does not necessarily have to be acrimonious

The dissolution of a marriage in Montana can understandably be overwhelming emotionally, mentally and financially. However, not every divorce proceeding has to be filled with acrimony and drawn-out battles. A couple of tips may help those going through divorce navigate the process in the most amicable manner possible.

First, the two spouses may be wise to avoid blaming each other for their marriage's demise. Often, both parties play a significant role in the breakup of the marriage. For this reason, taking full responsibility for one's personal behaviors, choices and actions that contributed to the marital difficulties may help smooth the way to a divorce achieved through mutual cooperation.

Second, a willingness to communicate is paramount. Typically, a lack of communication is one of the factors that contributes to divorce, so divorcing spouses usually have a hard time communicating their feelings and wishes in an effective manner. Direct negotiations or alternative dispute resolution options like mediation or a collaborative divorce are designed to promote healthy communication so that the parties can resolve all material issues without  further court intrusion.

By utilizing one of these options, the parties can work toward a mutually beneficial divorce agreement that reflects both of their wishes when it comes to handling the marital home and the division of real estate and other marital property, for example. However, if they still cannot see eye to eye in these areas outside of court, they will have to go to trial and have a Montana judge decide these issues. Either way, an attorney can offer a spouse the guidance he or she needs to pursue the most personally favorable outcome possible.

Source:, "A Different Way to Do Divorce", Sharon Pope, April 7, 2018

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