Divorce is never easy, but the more clearly you communicate with your soon-to-be ex-spouse, the more easily you can get through this difficult time. Read on for a look at the reasons why it is so important to maintain effective communication in divorce.
Effective Communication in Divorce Saves Time and Money
No one wishes for a marriage to end in divorce, but when it does, people want their divorce to go smoothly. That is only possible when both parties communicate clearly and effectively.
Many people mistakenly assume that California divorces are automatically finalized six months after one party files for divorce, but this is not true. Most of the time, when divorce cases take a long time, one of the reasons is because the parties refuse to communicate.
If you can not communicate with your ex-spouse, deciding on a child custody arrangement and financial issues can be a costly, drawn-out battle.
Communication to Keep the Process Civil
When there is a protective order, spouses who are going through a divorce cannot speak directly to one another. When there is no protective order, however, they absolutely should.
It can be hard to be in the same room with a person who recently decided that he or she no longer wants to be married to you, but try not to let your feelings get in the way. If you cannot stand to talk to your spouse, email and text messages give you a chance to think before responding. You will also have a written record of your efforts to communicate with your ex-spouse in a civil manner.
You should also communicate effectively with other relatives, especially when your custody agreement involves children spending a certain amount of time with them.
For example, your former spouse’s mother might be the one to drop off the children when they visit you. If you had a good relationship with your in-laws during the marriage, this is not so difficult, but if you did not, it is still important to communicate clearly and in a civil way with them.
Communicate to Move the Process Forward
Your former spouse is not the only person with whom it is important to communicate clearly. It is also important to communicate effectively with your attorney about your goals and expectations for the various aspects of the divorce process.
Your attorney cannot help you reach an outcome that is acceptable to you unless he or she understands what you want. Miscommunication between attorneys and clients can make the divorce process longer and more expensive.
Denham & Britt Helps Clients Effectively Communicate During Divorce
Denham & Britt, LLP exclusively handles family law cases in San Diego County.
Contact Denham & Britt, LLP to set up a free consultation about your divorce. Talk with attorneys Donna Denham and Jennifer Britt to learn how you can find a peaceful resolution to your family dispute.