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Expedite your divorce to limit physical, emotional toll

Divorce is a tough time in a person's life. Whether your divorce is a drawn-out legal battle or a more reserved and amicable split, it will still take its toll on you. Physically, mentally and emotionally, the process can be draining. It's not supposed to be fun -- but it is supposed to help you. That's why it is important to understand the reality of divorce first, and then come to grips with it.

For example, consider the impact divorce can have on your work. One in 10 employees will get divorced in a given year, and a divorce may reduce your productivity. Yes, this impacts the company you work for -- but more importantly, it affects your performance and your wellbeing.

So, what can you do to get your divorce over with in an efficient and time-sensitive manner? Well, the simple answer is that you and your soon-to-be-ex-spouse should reach an understanding early in the divorce process that, though you may not see eye to eye anymore, a quick and amicable resolution is best for both of you.

One aspect that is always contentious is child custody. Reaching a joint custody agreement before you go to court can speed up the process. You and your spouse can also tie up any loose ends regarding property and assets before going to court, which will also expedite your divorce.

No matter how you want your divorce to go, you will need legal help along the way. Consult an experienced family law attorney to help you during this difficult time.

Source: Nashville Business Journal, "The cost of divorce to employers," Rosemary Frank, March 10, 2014

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