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Property division does not have to be a battle during divorce

The start of a new year is a common time for many couples to decide to get divorced in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. However, the divorce process does not necessarily have feel like a game of tug-and-war, even when spouses are dealing with complicated matters like property division. It is possible for couples to have a smooth divorce process by following a couple of steps.

First, it is important for both parties to avoid trying to get revenge on each other, especially if infidelity is involved. For instance, a spouse who was cheated on may bring pictures to court that provide evidence of the other party's infidelity. This spouse may even try to assemble evidence of the same with the help of a private investigator. The truth is, though, that the court likely will not focus on this information unless the spouse who did the cheating destroyed the household finances by splurging on his or her affair.

Second, it is paramount that both parties have an understanding of their marital finances. A financial adviser may provide help in this area, if needed. Otherwise, the clueless party may quickly become confused and angry, thus leading to unavoidable tension during the divorce proceeding.

Two divorcing spouses can also improve their chances of having as cordial of a divorce proceeding as possible if they try to resolve their divorce matters, like property division, on their own. This can be a lot less stressful than going to trial, where a judge must make the final decisions regarding them. Still, in either scenario, an attorney in Pennsylvania can help an individual who is getting divorced to make sure that his or her rights and best interests are protected each step of the way.

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