While a highly publicized divorce can convey the impression that splits are full of contention and disagreement, many divorces simply don't go that way. Some spouses ending a marriage may bring bitterness to the table, but many Illinois couples will do what they can to preserve an amicable relationship, even during divorce. However, being too nice to each other can create its own set of problems.
One of the most common reasons leading to divorce is fighting over finances. And yet, couples trying to preserve a sense of decency with each other through the dissolution process often try to avoid discussing any financial issues with each other in depth. Experts advise that doing this can be detrimental in the long run. Each spouse should understand their financial histories and their anticipated needs clearly so that they can more equitably divide the property that they share and assure their futures.
If the couple is having trouble speaking about financial issues, it might be advantageous to bring in professional helpers who will look objectively at the finances. This in turn can help alleviate the concerns the divorcing couple may have and take away some of the stress in determining property division, child support and spousal support if such is anticipated to be needed.
While it can be beneficial for Illinois couples to get along with each other during the process of divorce, divorcing couples should still be able to communicate with each other freely on financial issues. This can be a very difficult subject to talk about. However, by talking honestly about important financial issues, the divorce may be completed in a manner that leaves both spouses confident that they both have the best possible financial set up after divorce.
Source: Financial Post, "Divorce mistakes you can make by being too nice," Geoff Williams, Reuters, June 26, 2012