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Legal separation, collaborative law and other divorce nuances

Contrary to what many people may think about divorce, the process of separating doesn't always involve spouses who are seething with anger at each other. They may disagree on certain things, and they may not be particularly fond of each other once they decide to divorce -- but the idea that every divorce involves two angry spouses who lawyer up and then argue over every little aspect in their soon-to-be-dissolved marriage is a myth.

There are far more nuanced circumstances that go into many divorces, and navigating those nuances can be a challenging and confusing task for someone who is dealing with a roller coaster of emotions. They need help and they need options during this time, and an experienced family law attorney can provide just that for someone preparing for divorce.

Two options to consider are legal separation and collaborative divorce. These are not for everyone, but they can certainly help any couple going through a rocky time in their marriage. Legal separation is not divorce -- you are still married. But legal separation can give a couple the time apart necessary to help them figure out what they want. This break may make them realize that they want to stick together; or it may confirm that divorce is the right thing for them; or it could even uncover issues that the two of you need to address before moving forward.

If the two of you know that you want to get divorced but you don't want a combative and stressful divorce, a collaborative divorce may be right for you. This type of divorce can leave the spouse with amicable feelings towards each other, which fosters respect between the two. This type of divorce can make it easier to reach agreements on certain issues inherent to your divorce.

Source: Huffington Post, "7 Steps To Deciding If Divorce Is Right For You," Joy Cipoletti, Feb. 22, 2014

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