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Complex divorce proceedings require clear communication

Failed communication has been cited as the top reason for divorce in the United States. That may not be surprising to St. Charles residents who are going through a divorce. But when the lines of communication break down, or when one party tends to dominate the conversation, frustrations too often reach a boiling point that neither person wants to see.

Still, clear communication is an integral part of complex divorce proceedings, especially in matters of child custody, child support and the division of marital property. In addition, an absolute end to communication between former spouses isn't necessarily desirable when children are involved. Nearly all people who go through a divorce in Missouri and throughout the country want peace in their post-divorce lives, and clear communication during and after the divorce can help ensure an equitable division of assets and a caring environment for the children.

One way for divorcing spouses to maintain civility is to keep conversations on a professional level. There are important matters that must be attended to, and clear communication with the other divorcing party can send the message that you want to achieve the divorce arrangements in a peaceful yet serious manner. It's also important to keep in mind that verbal disagreements during the divorce proceedings could return to the table if a future dispute ends up in court.

While it's easy to say, "Keep a cool head," taking the high road isn't always so easy. Tempers and disappointments sometimes make divorce a rocky experience for everyone involved. However, a commitment to clear communication has shown to be one of the surest ways of achieving an equitable division of assets and a peaceful post-divorce arrangement.

Source: Santa Monica Mirror, "Communicating With Your Ex After Divorce," Andra Brosh and Allison Pescosolido, March 25, 2012

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