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Filing for divorce can be one of the most difficult times of your life, but for many that does not mean a desire for a messy battle in court filled with animosity. Thankfully, there are steps that couples can take to have an amicable divorce in California. At Kearney Baker in Pasadena, our knowledgeable divorce attorneys are here to help navigate your amicable divorce while still ensuring that you walk away with the full settlement you deserve in your case. To learn more, call or contact our office today to schedule a consultation. 

Consider Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods

The first step for an amicable divorce is considering an alternative dispute resolution method outside of the courtroom. Divorce mediation or collaborative divorce strips away the ‘us versus them’ mentality of traditional, litigated divorce and instead focuses on compromise and collaboration to determine the outcome of all outstanding issues between a divorcing couple. Traditional divorce pits former spouses against one another, whereas alternative methods provide a space for honest communication and a much more amicable process.

Negotiate in Good Faith

To maintain an amicable divorce, you should also negotiate issues in good faith. The easiest way to ruin an amicable divorce is to hide assets, underreport income, demand property or your way on issues you know mean more to your spouse, or otherwise act in a dishonest manner. If your former spouse discovers that you are not negotiating in good faith, any chance of maintaining an amicable divorce is over.

Do Not Bad Mouth Your Ex

It may sound like a simple rule, but it can often be more difficult than it sounds. Do not bad mouth your former spouse once the divorce petition is filed. Avoid making passively or actively negative comments about your ex to your children, friends, and family. Be particularly sure to avoid putting harsh comments in writing in emails, or even worse, in social media posts. Bad mouthing your former spouse can destroy any and all goodwill that has been developed in the negotiation process, and it can turn an amicable divorce into an antagonistic legal drama in the blink of an eye. If you are struggling with negative emotions about your spouse, consider speaking to a therapist or counselor about your feelings during this process.  

Put Your Children First

For divorces involving minor children, amicable divorce comes easiest when the couple puts their children first. Focus on what is best for your children, and compromise on a parenting plan that works best for everyone in your unique family situation. By communicating openly, honestly, and without animosity you create the foundation for solid co-parenting once the divorce is finalized. This also makes the process of determining child custody, visitation schedules, and child support much easier than in a traditional, litigated courtroom battle. 

Call or Contact Our Office About Getting an Amicable Divorce in Pasadena

Would you like to speak with an experienced California divorce attorney about how to navigate an amicable divorce? If so, call the office or contact us today at Kearney Baker in Pasadena to schedule an evaluation of your case with one of our knowledgeable divorce attorneys now.

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