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Amiable divorce can cause less future stress for Hampden couples

When going through a divorce, a former happy couple could be at each other's throats. Though the marriage is ending, there are often residual feelings for one or both parties, and those feelings can lead to hurtful and spiteful actions. One party may believe that hurting the other person through certain actions may make the first party feel better, but some Massachusetts couples may find that keeping emotions in check and maintaining an amiable relationship during divorce can help further interactions in the future, especially if children are involved.

Making the decision to divorce can be a difficult one for many couples, but deciding to keep the process cordial and acting upon that decision can prove to be just as difficult. Some couples are able to part on agreeable terms, though occasionally mediation for property division or child custody may be needed. Should a divorce be a civil experience, separated couples can find that there is less tension in future gatherings where they are both expected to attend, such as a child's school or social event.

Children can also feel more at ease when a divorce goes smoothly for parents. Too often children are put in the middle, and some parents try to win more affection from the children over the other parent. When children see that their parents are maintaining an affable demeanor toward one another, they could be more likely to be more accepting of the divorce and possibly future relationships parents may have with new people.

A good starting point for maintaining a civil atmosphere during a divorce is to be knowledgeable about the divorce process. Divorce is often a difficult and trying experience to go through and stress levels can be high. Looking into Massachusetts divorce and family laws could help ensure that one party does not feel as if they are being taken advantage of by the other party and make for lessened tension.

Source: Huffington Post, "Divorce Doesn't Need To Be War," Debbi Dickinson, July 8, 2013

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