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People usually don't enter a marriage expecting to end it a few years later. Unfortunately, sometimes divorce is the only solution for a marriage where both people cannot see eye-to-eye. A few tips can help people going through divorce to be prepared from the start and make the best of it in California.

First, it's natural to feel bitter and angry while going through a divorce. This is particularly true if the two parties are fighting over money and other valuable assets, and especially if they are fighting over the kids. However, it's important to view the divorce through as objective of a lens as possible, which may increase one's chances of achieving a mutually satisfactory settlement with the other party.

The more a person can plan before filing for a divorce, the easier the process may be. For instance, it's wise for people to research how much money they will need to rent a new place if they end up not being able to remain at the family home. It is also necessary to open a new bank account for oneself and avoid draining the marital bank account. It's best not to take over half of the community funds, as this can make it look like one is trying to steal the other party's money.

Although divorce can be both emotionally and legally complicated for some, proper legal guidance can help a person to more confidently navigate the process. Divorce mediation is one way that a couple can try to come up with a parenting agreement or divide assets and property in a way that benefits them both. If they can't resolve their issues together, they will have to rely on a judge in California to make the financial decisions in these areas for them.

Source: The Huffington Post, "10 Things To Know About Divorce From Someone Going Through It Right Now", Oct. 12, 2014

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