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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Nov 3, 2015

Going through a divorce can cause emotions to run high and are a prime time for arguments to continually break out. While it’s easy to start fighting over every single item that the two of you shared as a couple, it’s important to stay focused on the things that really matter, especially when children are involved. Here are some items to keep in mind while working out the terms of your divorce.

When discussing personal property, making and prioritizing a list of assets can be helpful. This will help you stay focused on what’s important to you and help you avoid fruitless arguments over small details. This will also help you and your spouse see what’s at stake and where fair compromises are possible. Also, having an accurate valuation of assets, such as houses, can make the process run more smoothly. If there is a home involved, it’s a good idea to have it professionally appraised.

It’s also important to focus on your goals for the short- and long-term future. If you need liquid assets now, this can tell you if you’d rather give up your share of a retirement account for cash accounts. This kind of focus can help you discover where you can’t budge on your needs and where you’re willing to compromise. In general, there are going to be settlements and compromises throughout the divorce process. Knowing what’s important to you ahead of time can help you steer clear of a lot of disagreements over relatively trivial items.

That being said, it’s also important to stand up for the items that are important to you. If you and your spouse cannot come to terms on larger items, such as child custody arrangements, it’s important to recruit the help of an experienced family law attorney who can evaluate your situation and guide you towards the best ways to coming to a resolution. Sometimes, unconventional methods, such as mediation, are the most ideal ways to resolve a difficult situation and can prove less costly than continual court proceedings. If you’re having trouble coming to an agreement with your spouse over the terms of a divorce, speak to an experienced attorney today.