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It's a common misconception that the divorce process is inherently contentious. In reality, it is entirely possible to have a swift and amicable divorce. Read on to find out more about how to do this.
1) Make sure that your solicitor understands your wishes.
Many family lawyers are accustomed to dealing with clients who want to take a very combative, aggressive approach to the divorce process. Whilst this approach may make it easier for the client to obtain the outcome they desire (such as obtaining a larger-than-average amount of spousal maintenance or full-custody of their children) it can also make the proceedings incredibly stressful, lengthy and complex for those involved, and can create long-term animosity between the ex-spouses.
If you have children and are concerned about the impact that this approach to the divorce process might have on them, or if you simply do not want to endure a long and frustrating battle with your ex-partner, then it's important to make sure that you solicitor understands this.
If you emphasise your preference for an amicable divorce from the very beginning, your family lawyer will take this on board and opt for less contentious methods of achieving your desired aims. These might include various forms of dispute resolution, such as mediation or conciliation.
2) Be civil and co-operative.
A lot of people who are going through a divorce choose feel resentment towards their spouses and as a result of this, consciously choose not to co-operate. They might, for example, not reply to important messages promptly, or take weeks to sign certain legal documents.
Whilst it is very common to feel intense emotions during this difficult time, it is crucial not to allow these feelings to affect your behaviour throughout the divorce process. If you want the proceedings to be carried out quickly and easily, you must be willing to be civil towards your spouse and be as co-operative as possible.
This does not necessarily mean that you have to spend a great deal of time communicating with your partner; most exchanges can be carried out via your solicitors. It simply means that you respond to requests to sign paperwork or messages regarding the proceedings in a timely and civil manner. Although this might feel like a very challenging thing to do when your emotions are still quite raw, ultimately, this approach will make the experience of getting a divorce far less distressing.