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Can division of marital assets be done without emotion?

Divorces in Alaska -- as elsewhere -- are typically challenging for both spouses and their children. The standard advice offered to couples in divorces is to leave emotions outside the door when divorce settlements are discussed. Unfortunately, although it is often valuable advice, it is easier said than done. It is not uncommon for one of the spouses to agree to just about anything during discussions about the division of marital assets and child custody because they just want to get it over. This attitude often brings about regret later, when newly-divorced persons realize how different life could have been had they been less emotional.

One way to avoid having to make these decisions while being overwhelmed by sadness -- and often anger -- is to sign a prenuptial agreement in which all issues are addressed. Of course, that is a written agreement that is executed before the marriage even takes place. Another resource that may help a spouse to focus on what is important is an experienced divorce attorney. Each spouse needs someone to protect his or her interests. Attorneys are likely be able to recommend professional mediators, and with the skills of both attorney and mediator, informed and carefully considered decisions can be made.

The rushes of emotions that are commonly associated with divorces in which children are involved sometimes result in one parent trying to turn the children against the other parent. It is important to keep in mind that the children are also traumatized by an imminent divorce. Such tactics will only serve to escalate emotions in both parents and children, and managing the significant decisions that are necessary can be jeopardized.

An Alaska resident who is considering divorce is typically well served by retaining  the services of an experienced divorce attorney before emotions take over. With such professional guidance, a client's focus can be directed at issues that matter from the onset. With the helpful guidance of an attorney and a mediator, division of marital assets, child custody and visitation, and all other issues can be negotiated in a cooperative manner. Once that is achieved, the parties may be able to move ahead with their separate lives without regrets concerning overly emotional decisions that were made.

Source: yourtango.com, "4 Ways To Keep Feelings Out Of Your Divorce Negotiations", Katherine Miller, July 1, 2015

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