Divorce can be hard on Virginians regardless of how amicable or friendly the divorcing individuals are to each other. However, it’s not impossible to have a divorce that goes smoothly for both parties.
Take your time with the divorce process
One of the biggest mistakes that couples make is rushing into the divorce process before they’re ready, or worse, threatening divorce without thinking things through. Rushing into a divorce can lead to even more hurt feelings, which can make for a messy divorce process.
Instead, take your time to decide whether or not you want to divorce your spouse. During this time, think about what alternatives you and your spouse can try before divorce and what your life will look like as a single person.
Consider the impact on children
If you have children, it’s even more important to take your time with the process. You’ll want to plan for how the divorce will impact your children and communicate with your spouse on how to tell the children.
Keeping your kids away from the divorce process as much as possible will help ease tensions between you and your spouse. It should also make it easier for you and your spouse to co-parent after the divorce.
Figure out what you’re willing to compromise
Having an agreeable divorce involves a lot of communication with your soon-to-be ex as well as a lot of negotiation. It’s important to know ahead of time what you’re willing to compromise on and show willingness to be flexible.
What else can you do?
Ultimately, communication between you and your spouse during the divorce process is the best way to ensure a friendly and smooth divorce. However, you should still be prepared to put your needs first when necessary to take care of yourself and your family.