Tips to speed up the divorce process

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Divorce Tips - Law Office of Jennifer Messick LawDivorce is a confusing, emotional, and stressful time for anyone involved. We see clients everyday who are distraught about their marriage ending, how they will handle relationships and finances in the future, and whether there is any way to make the process easier.

As experienced divorce attorneys, our goal is to make the divorce process as simple, fair, and beneficial as possible. In an effort to continue bettering the experience each client has with us, we recently found an article from the Huffington Post. Here are five tips for making the process quicker, easier, and more cost-effective.

  1. Begin when you’re in a positive mindset, then act quickly. After the big announcement, there may be a period of calm where you can look at the future positively. There comes a point in most divorces when spouses realize this is for the best. By moving quickly when relations are still “friendly,” you may be able to avoid some trivial details that could take years to sort out on bad terms.
  1. Educate yourself on the process and make a plan. Taking an active role before you visit your attorney for the first time can really help speed up the process. This also means having some sort of understanding of the major points that need to be addressed.
  1. Don’t involve a lot of friends and family members. This may seem odd, but your closest friend or family members won’t likely be the most impartial people to ask for advice. Sure, they can help you recover emotionally, but they may be too close to the situation to think clearly from a legal or financial standpoint. The positive effects of limiting the people involved will last throughout your short-term and long-term life.
  1. Carefully select the best professionals for your needs. It’s extremely important to select a lawyer you hire, someone who can help you efficiently and quickly through the process. Do smart research on the potential candidates: if you owned a company, would you hire the first person off the street simply because he or she lives nearby?
  1. Remember the past, but focus on your future. A divorce means you are starting a new life without your spouse: so stop letting them control your conversations and your actions! Splitting takes time to digest, yes, but constantly complaining about an ex doesn’t help anyone. Focus on your future, and the endless possibilities your new life will provide.

These are some great tips for helping move through the divorce process, but we realize there will always be hiccups along the way, some bigger than others. If you’re considering a divorce, contact an experienced divorce attorney for guidance.

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About Jenn Messick

I am an attorney practicing at M/V Alaska Law, an Anchorage, AK law firm helping clients all throughout Alaska navigate legal issues in divorce, family law, probate, and bankruptcy. I'm an outdoors person who enjoys hiking, skiing, hunting, spending time with family, and the beautiful scenery in Alaska. Jenn Messick's Google+ Profile

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