Whether an individual is facing a complex or seemingly simple divorce, the process can be very time-consuming. It becomes more time-consuming when couples do not communicate well, particularly in cases of high asset divorce. There are several ways couples can ease the process of a divorce if they are both willing to work with each other and try to understand what each party will need in post-divorce life.
First, communicate with your attorney about your expectations based on discussions with your spouse. You should document your conversations in writing, preferably by letter or email, or allow your attorney to handle this communication if couples are having problems talking civilly.
An important aspect of communicating effectively is maintaining honesty. As such, it's important to supply any pertinent financial information and be truthful about your finances. Both parties can reach a more satisfactory settlement when parties have equal information.
When it comes to property, items that have little value can become caught up in larger disputes. If you can purchase something new for less than it will cost to fight over it, it may be best to let it go. Be sure you communicate your wishes clearly in order to proceed with the divorce accordingly.
It may help to think of the divorce itself as a business transaction. You are dissolving a partnership that includes assets. If you were trying to dissolve a business, you would try to remain as rational as possible and divide assets fairly. That is a major goal in your divorce as well. By representing your interests, your attorney works toward the goal of equitably dividing your marital property and will work far more effectively if you allow him or her to do that job without clouding the issues with too much emotion.
Source: Huffington Post, "Top 5 Ways To Save Money During Your Divorce," Susan Saper Galamba, Nov. 7, 2012