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Tips for making the divorce process less difficult

There are certain steps people in Georgia can take to make the process less difficult. People should think about their priorities and the difference in what they want and need as well as what they are willing to let go. This will help them in the decision-making processes ahead.

People should keep in mind that while the marriage may have been a ceremony that was about feelings, it was also a legal process. The legal relationship must now be dissolved. It is important to try to keep emotions in check when working out legal issues. Getting financial information in order, including ordering and reviewing a credit report, can help people prepare for this part of the divorce.

It may also be helpful for some people to assemble a professional team. Family and friends can offer emotional support, but their legal and financial advice might not be accurate. An attorney and financial adviser might be among the professionals a person might hire. A person may also want to consider whether mediation, collaboration or litigation might be the best approach in the divorce. Fighting can be costly, but it is also important for people to understand the agreement they are signing. This agreement should include practical details about how debt and assets will be divided in concrete ways.

For example, it may not be enough to simply decide each person will pay half of a debt. If a debt is only in one person's name, creditors may only pursue that person. The couple might need to agree on consequences if one person does not pay a fair share of the debt. Another solution might be for one person to assume more debt but also to receive more of the marital assets to balance that. Mediation or collaboration might make these kinds of creative solutions possible.

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