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Key Tips to Help Make Your Divorce Less Painful

There’s no escaping it — divorce is an emotionally overwhelming process, even when you are completely at peace with your decision. This is in part due to how many important decisions you have to make during the process. These choices can have long-term financial and legal effects for you, not to mention impacts on the relationship with you, your children and your former spouse.

The following are some tips to help you get through the process a little more smoothly:

  • Keep it strictly business: Follow the advice your attorney gives you and do everything you can to keep your emotions in check. You may wish to have your attorney handle communication for you, especially if you and your former partner have a contentious relationship. Given that divorce is a legal proceeding, it can also help if you familiarize yourself with the processes you will encounter in the case. This can make you feel less overwhelmed as the case progresses.
  • Have clear goals: If you know what you truly want and need out of your divorce, this can help guide you through the process and give you a clearer path to follow. If you need help determining your priorities, write down a list of “needs,” “wants” and “willing to let go” items. This will help you stay focused and determine which areas are worth fighting over and where you can afford to relent.
  • Organize financial documents: You will need to have a very solid grasp of your financial situation during the property division process. During discovery (and even before), make sure you analyze your financial documents and have a thorough understanding of what they tell you about your financial state. Collect tax returns, financial statements for all owned assets, information about debts and anything else your attorney might find useful.

As you approach the divorce process in Minnesota, speak with a skilled family law attorney at Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A.

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