Divorce is almost always an emotionally difficult event. However, how a divorce proceeds can make all the difference. Ideally, everyone would like to get the divorce over with as quickly as possible. But how do you do that?
Tip 1: Prevent arguments with your ex-partner
The most important tip when it comes to divorcing quickly is to avoid arguments with your ex-partner. In most cases, a lot of time is lost in fighting each other. If ex-partners communicate well with each other and keep their emotions under control to a certain extent, a divorce can proceed considerably faster. Not only does this save a lot of time and energy spent fighting each other, it also means that the legal proceedings surrounding a divorce run faster.
Tip 2: See the lawyer together
When ex-partners can make agreements, they can jointly hire one lawyer. In this way, you do not both need your own lawyer, but the joint lawyer can include the arrangements about the divorce in the divorce covenant by the joint lawyer. This avoids double costs and saves a lot of time. After all, if there is a joint request for divorce, you do not have to go to court. On the other hand, this is the case when both parties hire their own lawyer.
In addition, there are a number of things that you and your ex-partner can prepare before hiring a lawyer to save even more time and money:
- Discuss in advance with your ex-partner what arrangements you are making and put these on paper. This way, some of the issues do not need to be discussed at length with the lawyer and the lawyer only needs to include these agreements in the divorce agreement;
- You can already make an inventory of the goods to be divided. Think not only of the possessions, but also of any debts;
- Arrange as much as possible regarding the property, such as a notary, mortgage, valuation and possible purchase of a new home.
Tip 3: Mediation
If you fail in reaching an agreement about the divorce with your ex-partner, it is wise to call in a mediator. The task of a mediator in a divorce is to guide the conversation between you and your ex-partner as an impartial third party. Through mediation, solutions are sought to which both parties can agree. This means that you are not on opposite sides of the fence but work together to resolve conflicts and reach reasonable agreements. When you have got a solution together, the mediator will put the arrangements made on paper. Afterward, you and your ex-partner can consult a lawyer, who can then include the agreements in the divorce covenant.