Is getting an amicable divorce just a pipe dream?

The best fast answer to this question is one simple word: sometimes. Divorce, with its inherent emotional trauma, evokes different responses from people. Even the most well balanced, even-keeled individual can become an emotional wreck in the midst of divorce. This can be the case even when both spouses want nothing more than to end their marriage as quickly as possible.

On the plus side, there are times when some couples are able to get divorced in a reasonably amicable manner. Do these people have a secret trick the rest of the world does not know about? Of course not -- perhaps they were simply better prepared than other couples are.

Often, preparation is the key to divorcing with the least amount of stress and conflict. If couples can come together long enough to hash out the details of divorce outside of a courtroom, it can make the entire process relatively pain-free. While this is a huge challenge for most couples, here are a few tips both spouses can use to reach their amicable divorce goals.

-- Create a mutual "code of conduct," agreeing to be fair and then adhering to it.

-- Consider signing an agreement or contract containing the code of conduct prior to filing for divorce.

-- If kids are involved, agree to keep their mental, emotional and physical well-being at the forefront.

-- Try to agree on a mutual goal of leaving the marriage as well-balanced individuals primed to start a new chapter of life.

While it is possible for two spouses to divorce amicably, remain a realist about your situation. It is wise to consult with an attorney serving Minnesota residents about your situation. This step helps protect you and your children if your peaceful divorce should take a sudden turn towards conflict.

Source: Divorce Magazine, "Conscious Uncoupling and Amicable Divorce: Is It Possible to Stay Friends?," Nicky Gomez, accessed July 12, 2017

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