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Even an amicable divorce requires legal assistance

The initial reaction when the word "divorce" is mentioned in North Dakota is that the couple is in dispute over every single issue large and small and the situation has grown so contentious that the end of a marriage is the only viable alternative. While that does happen in many cases, some divorces are relatively amicable with negotiation possible to avoid a rancorous and time-consuming battle. Even if the parties are on relatively good terms, however, it is still advisable to have legal assistance to ensure all the agreements are on solid legal ground and there is documentation over important issues.

For many, the decision to divorce is a culmination of tensions and disagreements that can no longer be accepted. Perhaps people married in quick fashion and, once they became more familiar with one another, decided that they were not an ideal pairing. Goals can change. Or there is a simple explanation of growing apart. If they had not gotten married, they could simply end the relationship. When there is a legal marriage, it is important to move on with a divorce.

Simply because a couple is not having the common divorce legal issues that come up in too many cases, it does not mean there are not important factors for which legal help is vital. If there is a business, both parties might want to be compensated fairly. Property division with a home, motor vehicle, bank accounts, retirement plans and more can be problematic. Spousal support might be wanted and needed. If there are children, there are the key matters of which parent will have primary residential custody and how visitation rights are addressed. Amicable does not mean simple.

When deciding to divorce, even spouses who have a good relationship and are friendly must remember their legal rights. A law firm that understands all aspects of family law can help with an out-of-court settlement or, if there are sticking points that cannot be negotiated, oversee a court case. Getting a fair divorce resolution can be achieved with experienced legal assistance.

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Commandments of Family Law

  1. The only truth your children need to know is that you both love them unconditionally, and that this isn't their fault.
  2. Take the high road — everyone wins when you do what's best for your kids.
  3. Negotiate but don't capitulate — if you are being pushed toward something detrimental for your children, stand your ground.
  4. You can only control yourself and how you respond. Don't engage.
  5. Do set up rules and responsibilities. Kids feel better when routine is continued.
  6. You are still their parent — don't be afraid to be one.
  7. Disneyland is in California, not in your home. Don't set up unreasonable expectations.
  8. It is not their job to take care of you. Repeat that to them. Often.
  9. Yelling is for sports — not court. Good lawyers strongly advocate without being disrespectful to opposing parties.
  10. Fair is a place you go to get cheese curds. Aside from that, nothing in life is fair.

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