Divorce is often portrayed as an all-out battle through the courts, during which time couples exhaust plenty of money and emotional energy. It does not have to be this way, though. An amicable divorce is possible for couples in Ohio who are committed to the process and hope to avoid unnecessary feuding.
Get to know your money
Money is one of the biggest points of contention during divorce, and so fighting about finances is common — but not inevitable. Getting familiar with not just one’s own finances but also a spouse’s is a smart way to head off misunderstandings that might lead to conflict. This means gathering and disclosing information about:
- Personal income
- A spouse’s income
- Marital and separate property
- Joint and personal debts
- Future housing costs
Consider getting help early on
Aiming for an amicable divorce is a great idea for many people. However, even couples with the best intentions are likely to encounter at least some type of conflict, and it is best to be prepared. Having a personal advocate on one’s side can be especially helpful when dealing with difficult topics.
Whether disclosing financial information, talking about property division or working on a child custody agreement, it is important to understand what is at stake. But it can be hard to anticipate how decisions made during an amicable divorce might affect the future. An attorney who is well-versed in Ohio family law can provide further guidance to those who are unsure of how best to proceed.