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7 Ways to Simplify Your Divorce

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7 ways to simplify your divorce

Divorce is never easy. But things can go a little smoother if you follow these seven ways to try to work through the process.

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Divorce is never easy, but there are many ways to make the process go smoother, faster and with less stress. Take a deep breath, and explore your options

1. Talk to an attorney early.

Even if you're not sure you want a divorce, get a lawyer's advice in the early stages to avoid costly mistakes, such as moving out or physically leaving the place where your child resides.

2. Try to resolve things yourselves.

Deciding who gets what is often what drags out a divorce the longest. Reaching a compromise about money, property and custody outside of litigation will save a lot of time, money and heartache.

3. Apply for a no-fault divorce.

This is just like it sounds: no one is at fault for ending the marriage. All states allow no-fault divorces, but some might require that you live apart for a period of time before filing.

4. Apply for a simplified divorce.

Available in some states, this can be an inexpensive, fast way to end a marriage when there is no conflict between spouses. This is a particularly good option when the marriage is of short duration and there are no kids and few marital assets.

5. Try a collaborative divorce.

This is a new alternative in some states that allows spouses to work together to address complicated issues. Typically, each spouse retains an attorney and agrees to avoid going to court by sharing information openly to work toward a settlement. 

6. Consider mediation.

A family law mediator can be a great neutral party to help guide couples through the decision-making process of divorce, especially parents who will continue making joint decisions about their child's future.

7. Do a postnup.

If you don't have a prenup, married couples can still draft a postnuptial agreement before getting divorced to set boundaries around personal and marital assets or debts before getting divorced.

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