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This Valentine's Day: Is divorce on your mind?

With Valentine's Day just a few days away, many New Jersey residents have their dinner reservations in and are wrapping up the presents for their sweetheart. This time of year also brings out the feelings and emotions associated with those marriages not in the best shape. For those considering divorce, there are some things to keep in mind.

The number of people seeking a divorce seems to peak in January and February. The New Year's resolutions go into effect and the additional influence of Valentine's Day tend to push couples towards the divorce attorney. While many people seeking a divorce tend to view the process as dramatic with many intense fights, it rarely becomes like that. In fact, over 90% of divorces are settled out of court.

For many couples, bypassing the traditional courtroom drama and choosing mediation to settle a divorce makes sense. A collaborative law divorce typically results in a divorce that feels more amicable, parenting relationships are maintained, the cost is less, settlement is quicker and there is more privacy for the couple.

For those considering a divorce there are many decisions that need to be made. Going into the initial divorce proceedings with the idea that it is important to come out on the other side feeling at peace can be important for many individuals. Alimony, child custody, visitation, property division and other divorce issues are details that can be worked out amicably among couples through less visible measures such as litigation.

Seeking guidance and advice can help divorcing individuals determine what options are available and which legal route would be right for their unique situation. Divorces are highly emotional but often lead to a happier and more loving split family.

New Jersey residents who are considering divorce this Valentine's season should know they are in good company. Many times an amicable split can be obtained in a mediated setting, saving money, time and additional headaches for couples. Determining the best approach is the first step in the process, but becoming aware of the various options will serve their interests best while also protecting their rights in the procedures.

Source: Huffington Post, "Happy Valentine's Day. I want a divorce," Michelle Crosby, Feb. 5, 2014

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