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Preparation may prevent conflict during divorce process

When faced with the end of a marriage, many California residents may want to take a mature approach to their legal proceedings. They may hope to get through their divorce process with as little unnecessary conflict as possible, but if they are married to individuals with high-conflict personalities, anticipation of difficulties may be beneficial. By expecting disputes, some parties may be better able to prepare.

Because high-conflict personalities can often lead to arguments rather than discussions, keeping communications to written forms may be prudent. By having records of emails, texts or other written contact, individuals can have evidence for the court if necessary. Additionally, parties who typically try to create drama may more thoroughly think about what they say if they know records will be left behind.

Other records that could help during this type of situation are financial paperwork. In some cases, one party may show an unwillingness to provide needed documents, and in hopes of avoiding such a scenario, obtaining those documents as soon as possible may be wise. By having an extensive knowledge of the marital finances, parties may be better able to notice if a spouse is attempting to hide assets or take other negative actions. 

Though a potentially contentious divorce process may be dreaded, anticipation and preparation may help keep conflict to a minimum. If California residents believe that they could have to deal with a considerable amount of conflict during their legal proceedings, they may wish to find out more information on the best ways to potentially prepare and work toward their desired outcomes. Speaking with knowledgeable family law attorneys could help interested individuals find the right paths.

Source:, "Toxic Divorce? Forget the Hazmat Suit and Do This Instead", Bari Zell Weinberger, Sept. 20, 2017

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