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Is one of your New Year's resolutions an uncontested divorce?

When a new year begins, many Louisiana residents take stock of their lives. In doing so, some will determine that their marriages need to end, particularly if they had not already made that decision before the holidays, but wanted to delay so as not to mar the season for children and other family members. Now that the holidays are over, couples may be ready to take the next step, and many may be hoping for an uncontested divorce.

Avoid mistakes in dividing debt in an uncontested divorce

Amicable separations are becoming more common among married couples here in Louisiana and elsewhere. As a result, more people take advantage of the uncontested divorce option in lieu of the traditional, more adversarial, courtroom battle. Even so, couples taking advantage of the less contentious option still need to remain vigilant in order to preserve their financial security in the future.

Maintaining control of the future through divorce mediation

The end of a Louisiana marriage often causes a couple to feel as though their lives are spinning out of control. How you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse deal with these emotions in the first days of the divorce will shape each of your futures. One way to regain some control and feel better about the future could be to engage in divorce mediation.

When an uncontested divorce can create a financial nightmare

For most Louisiana residents, there is no way around losing financial ground when ending a marriage. The prospect of supporting two households with the same resources that used to support one is often daunting, which leads many couples to try to get through an uncontested divorce on their own. The problem is that if certain aspects of the divorce are not handled properly, it could cause a financial nightmare for the parties.

One of the tradeoffs for paying spousal support may disappear

There is no way around the fact that money is a part of every divorce whether it happens here in Louisiana or elsewhere. One of the financial issues that arises in many divorces is spousal support. Even when the paying spouse agrees that it is a necessity for the other, it may not exactly be pleasant to watch that money leave the bank account. Many who make these payments consider the right to deduct them at tax time as a consolation prize of sorts, but that benefit may go away.

When would divorce mediation not be the best option?

As more Louisiana couples shy away from the traditional courtroom option to end their marriages, some couples still need the help of a judge to resolve their issues. Not all couples can use something like divorce mediation. In certain instances, the choice to go to court is still the best one.

Collaborative divorce can help couples talk through issues

Numerous Louisiana couples have used divorce mediation to get through the divorce process without relying on the court to make decisions on their behalf. In recent years, another alternative method to help couples talk through issues in their divorces is collaborative divorce. This approach to divorce has gained popularity in recent years due to its philosophy of fostering amicable negotiations that lead to a satisfactory settlement.

Consider these issues before property distribution

Splitting up assets in a divorce may not be as clear-cut as Louisiana residents believe at first glance. Before sitting down to negotiate a divorce settlement, each party needs to do some research regarding the assets they intend to split. Certain issues require consideration before property distribution is finalized and takes place. Otherwise, one or both parties could end up with significant financial regrets later.

You can protect your credit with divorce mediation

Ending a marriage often feels more like ending a business than a relationship. There are assets to divide, and debts as well. If you were ending a business relationship, you would probably want certain assurances that you will not end up liable for your partner's debts. The same could be said in a Louisiana divorce, which is why you may want to take full advantage of divorce mediation in order to protect your credit and your financial future.

Take care when dividing debts during divorce mediation

Dividing property, deciding custody and determining support issues may be your main concern as you go through the process of going from a married couple to single individuals. These issues do need to be dealt with, and there is often a great deal of advice on how to do that during divorce mediation. However, one important topic that requires just as much attention in your Louisiana divorce is your marital debts.

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