It is a well-known, but unfortunate fact
that about 50% of first-time marriages in the United
States of America end in divorce. There are many reasons for this; some reasons
are valid while other reasons are not necessarily valid. Be it as it may, the
scope of this article does not include which reasons for divorce are legitimate
and which reasons are not valid. The fact is that marriages end up in divorce.
Additionally, it is easy for what starts as
an amicable divorce to end up as an acrimonious divorce. While too much
attention should not be paid, and conclusions should not be drawn from
Hollywood celebrities or high-profile divorces like the Brad Pit and Angelina
Jolie case, the entertainment industry, unfortunately, seems to have become
both a representation of what happens in society as well as an example that
tends to be followed by modern society. Simply stated, popular culture tends to
think that if its acceptable for the Brad Pits and Angelina Jolie’s to go
through an acrimonious divorce, then it is acceptable.
to avoid an acrimonious divorce
One of the primary reasons to avoid a
bitter divorce is the impact it has on family members, especially children.
Unless there are legal reasons why children should not have a relationship with
both their parents such as the abuse of one or more children, it is vital for
the children born (or adopted) during the marriage to have a relationship with
both of their parents. Succinctly stated, fighting parents results in unhappy
children; thereby running the risk of ending up with emotional challenges as they
The second most
important reason to negotiate an amicable separation and divorce is that
fighting over the marital property accumulated during the
marriage delays the final settlement and causes unnecessary emotional
challenges and economic hardship. Sorting out the termination of the marital
relations, including accumulated assets and making custody and visitation
arrangements for any children is hard enough without the divorce turning
divorce attorney: Negotiating a divorce settlement
Thus, it makes sense to consult with a LA Divorce
Attorney to help smooth the way to as amicable divorce as possible.
The salient point here is that a divorce
lawyer is both a skilled and experienced mediator as well as a legal expert who
is able to help the parties navigate their way through the legal separation of
At the outset, employing an attorney to
manage the divorce may seem like the expensive option in that a divorce
attorney will charge for his/her services. However, because of the lawyer’s
knowledge and experience, the final divorce settlement and order has a greater
chance of being expedited through the negotiation, settlement, and the granting
of the final order phases.
Also, the attorney’s mediation skills and
experience will help prevent the divorce from turning bitter and being drawn
out because neither party can reach an agreement on how to divide up the estate
accrued within the marriage.