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Making a divorce as easy as possible for kids

When a Georgia couple ends their marriage, it can be very difficult and emotional for both people. However, if the couple had children, the divorce can become much more complex. Children normally have very strong and negative reactions to such a situation, so it is important that parents focus on making the process as pain-free as possible. Some of the methods for doing so involve keeping kids away from disagreements and pursuing a mediated divorce.

Studies make it clear that fighting in front of children can cause them to feel extreme distress. Even if disagreements don't turn into shouting matches, kids don't feel comfortable when parents aren't getting along. Couples should be sure to keep any arguments away from kids even if they feel they are being civil.

A mediated divorce may help to take the acrimony out of ending a marriage, and it allows people to have much greater control over the outcome of the divorce. While legal guidelines can be helpful, mediated divorces allow couples to determine, on their own, how they want to handle visitation, custody and child support. This process is often much faster than a litigated divorce, and it can help keep kids from having to show up in a courtroom.

In many cases, a mediated divorce is not possible. If a couple is not able to agree upon matters related to the divorce, such as child and spousal support or asset division, the matter will have to be decided by a judge. As in some cases neither party will be satisfied with the result, the couple may want to try to return to negotiations with the assistance of their respective attorneys.

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Margaret Gettle Washburn, P.C.
4799 Sugarloaf Pkwy
Building J
Lawrenceville, GA 30044

Phone: 770-676-1191
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