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Don???t get sidetracked by the small things during divorce

Processing the end of a marriage is a difficult task, and one that is often fraught with emotion. Being able to set aside those emotions and make rational decisions can be a challenge during a divorce. However, when Kentucky couples fight over little things, their legal fees can quickly mount, leaving both parties with reduced resources for starting their newly single lives. A prime example lies in excessively negotiating items of personal property.

Divorce necessitates the division of not just marital wealth, but also of personal property. That includes everything that a couple has amassed over the course of their marriage. From furniture to family photos, everything must be divided. That can lead to a great deal of tension between spouses, who often feel that they have already been put through enough, and dig in their heels over relatively minor matters.

In many cases, spouses wage a battle over a piece of furniture, wedding gifts or items connected to shared children. By the time the dust settles, they have both racked up excessive legal fees to fight over those items. Looking at things in black and white, they quickly see that the cost of fighting for those items was far greater than the value of the items in question.

The best way to avoid excessive legal fees related to property division is to handle many of those decisions independently, especially when it comes to items of personal property. That may mean making concessions that feel unjust, but at the end of the day the cost of replacing those items may be minor in relation to what it will cost to fight over them in a Kentucky divorce court. Saving money on legal expenses can preserve more marital wealth for both parties, leaving them in a far better position to begin their newly single lives with a degree of financial stability.

Source: The Huffington Post, "10 Things I Learned As A Divorce Attorney", A. Rodriguez, Dec. 6, 2016

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