Preparing well can help the divorce process

Divorce can be a challenging time for California residents looking to end their marriage. This can be the case even when the relationship between former spouses remains amicable, as the emotional baggage of dealing with child custody, spousal support and other issues in the divorce can loom large. When partners want to end their marriage without a court battle or a contested divorce, divorce mediation can be an option that can help people achieve their goals and move on from their marriage peacefully.

Annually, the turn of the new year also comes with an escalated number of divorce filings; many couples wait until after the holidays to begin the divorce process, especially if they have children in the home. At the same time, holidays and other family events can be an occasion for high-intensity stress that inspires a partner to put into practice their thoughts about divorce. There are several steps that people can take to prepare to handle their divorce as easily and quickly as possible.

First, gathering financial documents can be key; a divorce lawyer will need to assess financial issues, particularly as they pertain to child support and spousal support. Being prepared with documents can help to move quickly. Second, it can be a great time to sign off from social media. Even in an amicable divorce, the questions and comments that can come from well-intentioned friends can be upsetting. It's also a good opportunity to educate oneself about divorce law in California, in order to get a better understanding of the process that is about to take place.

People who are choosing to end their marriage have options outside a lengthy, expensive court battle. By being prepared and knowledgeable about divorce, one is better prepared to work well with a lawyer to file for divorce and potentially begin a divorce mediation process to lead to a negotiated settlement. A divorce settlement can address all aspects of the end of the marriage, including child custody and spousal and child support, in accordance with state law.

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