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Getting through divorce can be financially stressful, especially when the process of dividing marital assets and property is complicated. When two people cannot agree on the best way to distribute their assets, this only makes matters worse. However, aiming to be amicable can go a long way in achieving one's desired outcome in a California divorce.

First, it is imperative that a divorcing individual try to keep his or her emotions out of the decision-making process. Instead, it is important to be as clear-headed and rational as possible; appropriate legal guidance can help with this. It is also important to avoid being vindictive, as this may only stifle the divorce process rather than moving it forward.

In addition, if kids are involved in the divorce, it is best not to use the children as pawns to get back at one's spouse when debating monetary or other divorce-related matters. Kids have much invested in a divorce emotionally, so it is important to consider their feelings when making decisions during this type of family law proceeding. Keeping the divorce process as cordial as possible may help people to more easily embrace the fresh start that divorce provides.

One way a divorcing couple can increase their chances of having an amicable divorce is to go through the process of divorce negotiation or mediation. This allows both parties to strive for a settlement that benefits them both financially when it comes to property division. Individuals have the right to seek legal guidance to ensure that their best interests are represented during a California divorce proceeding.

Source: The Huffington Post, "The Four Phases of Getting Through a Divorce", Bradford M. Pine, April 1, 2015

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