Most divorce attorneys will agree that the most contentious topic in a divorce proceeding is how and with whom the children will be raised. A close second for most couples is the division of property. This is the part of the divorce where all of the assets, both financial and physical are divided among both marital parties. Since this is a difficult aspect of divorce it is important that you know all of the facts so that you can be prepared.
Men and women handle the division of property differently. According to research from the American Psychological Association men tended to be task oriented and put their focus on physical property or assets. However, women focus their energy on their interpersonal relationships. This causes them to focus more on how their relationships may be strained or compromised as the divorce becomes more finalized and specific items are divided among the former partners. This is in contrast to men, who typically are driving to get tasks completed as quickly as possible to make the divorce final.
It is important that you are aware of the potential topics that will be addressed at this stage of the divorce proceedings. Some of the things that will come up include but are not limited to: checking accounts, savings accounts, retirement accounts, investment accounts, investment real estate, personal real estate, medical benefits, family valuables, jewelry, life insurance and trusts. These various forms of assets are all items that will need to be discussed and negotiated in the settlement of the divorce so it can be divided as the couples see fit.
Because these discussions about assets in its various forms can be so difficult to talk about it is important to focus on cooperation for a peaceful resolution for both parties. Even though the two partners have agreed to enter a divorce, it is important that they can keep the perspective of cooperation to achieve the most seamless transition. Many couples think that life will get easier when the relationship comes to an end through a divorce. While it is true that you see your former partner less often you still have to work through many challenging topics with them. By having a spirit of teamwork partners can move through the divorce proceedings with greater ease.
While we hope that all couples will have the joy and bliss that comes from being in a committed relationship with one another, we know that this is just not true. In some cases divorce is the best option given the surrounding circumstances. If you find yourself in this situation and wish to pursue your options in divorce you should consider reaching out to Andrews & Arbenz. We are an established Gig Harbor divorce attorney firm that can help guide you through this process and provide you with the counsel and support you need. Contact us today to learn more.