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Avoid problems by following this advice in your divorce

The emotional effects of divorce definitely take their toll on the human psyche. Those effects can result in bad decisions made during the divorce process, and that can cause unwanted hardship during the proceedings. Tennessee spouses will therefore want to keep their wits about them during their divorce process. Furthermore, by keeping the following three points in mind, you can help ensure your divorce doesn't blow up into a bigger "to-do" than it has to:

-- Cooperate and be reasonable: We know that your future ex-spouse might not be the easiest person to reach agreement with. However, a little bit of reasonableness and compromise on your end can go a long way. It has to start somewhere, so it might as well start with you, right?

-- Be the Rock of Gibraltar for your kids: If you think divorce is hard for you, it is probably even harder for your children. However, your children's suffering may not be outwardly apparent and it could be happening in their subconscious. Be mindful that your kids are having a tough time and never involve them in your disagreements. Most of all, never make your children choose sides.

-- Fully disclose your property and assets: Tennessee spouses can get in big trouble with the law if they try to hide assets in order to get the upper hand in their asset division proceedings. This even applies to an attempt to reorganize your finances before filing for divorce. Indeed, a forensic accountant will always check for major property sales and/or other financial maneuverings that happened before your divorce was filed.

There are other important things that Tennessee spouses need to think about during their divorce proceedings. By speaking with a family law lawyer before pulling the trigger on your divorce, you can gain a better sense of what to expect and how to avoid problems during your divorce ahead of time.

Source: FindLaw, "The Do's and Don't's of Divorce," accessed Jan. 12, 2017

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