It is been said that ending a marriage is one of the most stressful things that an individual will experience during the course of his or her life. It is impossible to predict how individuals will respond to the realization that their marriage is over, and that they will need to forge ahead and build a new life as a single person. That's why it is important that Arizona spouses take nothing for granted during the divorce process.
Many spouses believe that they will be able to move through their divorce in a collaborative manner, and that their spouse shares their motivation to have a kinder, gentler divorce process. In reality, however, many people have a strong emotional reaction to divorce. That can lead some people to act in ways very different than anything that took place during the marriage.
Spouses should never assume that their partner will approach divorce negotiations in a calm and rational manner. Even minor differences of opinion can quickly evolve into terrible arguments. In order to avoid escalating conflict, spouses should make every effort to be as detailed as possible when discussing the division of marital assets.
As with so many things in life, Arizona spouses should approach divorce with the intent of hoping for the best yet planning for the worst. By being very detail oriented and working with a good divorce attorney, spouses are looking after their own best interests. In the best case scenario, that level of preparation will not be necessary. In cases where a spouse acts in an uncharacteristically irrational manner, having those protections in place can make a world of difference.
Source: financial-planning.com, "How I advise clients on divorce after my own", Lise Robinson, Sept. 30, 2016