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The divorce process is full of ups and downs

Most Mississippi residents do not come to the decision to end their marriages on a whim. Regardless, even a well thought out decision can send them on an emotional roller coaster ride as the divorce process unfolds. Where it is advantageous to be able to put those emotions aside during settlement negotiations, that does not mean that the ups and downs will not happen.

How each party deals with those difficulties will determine how the process will go. There will most likely be time when one or both parties will question whether they are doing the right thing. Doubts can come out of nowhere and need to be dealt with away from the negotiating table.

Conversely, periods of calm should be taken advantage of as much as possible. During these times, it is more possible to be clear headed and to work through the issues without controversy. Even though it might not be possible to ensure that every decision made in the settlement process will be the right one a year from now, five years from now or 10 years from now, the decisions made when emotions are under control will more than likely be longer lasting than those that are made out of emotional turmoil.

Divorce is not an easy process -- even if the parties are amicable. Mississippi residents need to know that their emotions, while valid, should not be used to guide settlement negotiations. Nothing says that a divorce agreement has to be worked out in a day or even a week. The parties can take any breaks that are necessary to ensure the process is as smooth as possible.

Source: The Huffington Post, "5 Things Not To Expect Going Through Divorce", Kristin Davin, March 9, 2016

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