Ways to prevent your divorce from getting too contentious

On Behalf of | Jun 15, 2023 | Family Law |

Divorce can be a challenging and emotionally charged process. It is common for conflicts to arise during this time, potentially leading to a contentious and adversarial environment.

However, taking proactive steps to prevent your divorce from becoming too contentious can help reduce stress, save time and money and protect the well-being of everyone involved.

Focus on open communication

Open and respectful communication is key to preventing a divorce from becoming overly contentious. Commit to maintaining open lines of communication with your spouse, expressing your concerns, needs and expectations in a calm and clear manner. Avoid attacking or blaming each other, as this can increase tension. Instead, try to listen actively and find common ground.

Consider alternative dispute resolution methods

Rather than resorting to a court battle, explore alternative dispute resolution methods to resolve conflicts more amicably. In mediation, a neutral third-party mediator helps facilitate discussions and guides the process of reaching agreements. Collaborative divorce is another option.

Prioritize the well-being of children

With children, it is important to prioritize their well-being throughout the divorce process. Shield them from unnecessary conflict and negative emotions by developing a cooperative and respectful co-parenting relationship. Communicate openly about co-parenting arrangements, including schedules, responsibilities and important decisions regarding the children’s upbringing. Focus on creating a stable and nurturing environment for them.

Take time for self-care

Divorce can be emotionally draining, and taking care of your own well-being is essential during this time. Participate in activities that help you relax, destress and maintain a positive outlook. Prioritize self-care practices such as exercise, proper nutrition and getting enough rest. Seek support from friends, family or support groups to help you navigate the emotional rollercoaster of divorce.

Preventing your divorce from becoming too contentious requires a proactive and cooperative approach. Taking the time and effort to accomplish this can make things a little easier.