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Divorce can be less painful with goals in mind

In spite of one's best efforts, not every marriage will survive. When a divorce becomes the best option, the process may be viewed as a painful and exhausting ordeal. However, if one is able to keep clear goals in mind, then California residents may find that the experience does not have to be as painful as first believed.

During a divorce, many people may decide that they need to focus on what makes a settlement fair or equitable. Though California is a community property state, which helps determine how assets may be divided, a better approach for some may be to focus on what one really desires to gain from a dissolution. It may turn out that what one really wishes to obtain is worth fighting for, while other considerations may be worth letting go or negotiating over. Keeping in mind that a divorce could be considered the end of a business contract may help to keep emotions in check during this process.

In addition, though it is helpful to maintain an amicable relationship -- especially if children are involved -- it may be more important to an individual to determine how much of his or her energy one is willing to expend on the dissolution. Once one has a clear financial picture of one's debts and assets, it may be easier to reach a settlement agreement that best meets one's needs going forward. The guidance of a professional may also help one choose which avenue for divorce will work for a particular situation.

Once the process has commenced, it is understandable that one may experience a myriad of emotions. The realization, though, that this process is a doorway to a new start may enable a spouse to work through the divorce while deciding how to build a better future. An experienced family law attorney can ensure that the settlement agreement fulfills one's financial needs for the life ahead.

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