Thinking about divorce as a ‘business deal’

On behalf of Furr & Cohen, P.A. posted in Divorce on Friday, February 28, 2014.

When you and your spouse decide to legally separate or divorce, the dissolution of your marriage is ultimately viewed as a business split in the eyes of the law. Why is this? Because while choosing to divorce is in many ways an emotional and relationship-based decision, the law does not have much control or concern about how you handle your relationships from these particular standpoints.

What the law is concerned about is ensuring that both you and your spouse are given fair access to your share of the marital property and that your children’s best interests are served in the arrangements you make for them in the wake of divorce. In these two senses, divorce is treated much like a business dissolution from a legal point of view.

Treating your divorce and child custody case like a business deal may help you think more objectively than emotionally about what goals are worthy of your efforts and where you might be willing to compromise during your divorce proceedings. Divorce can be a particularly draining procedure primarily because the parties are deeply invested in the process emotionally. Taking some of the emotion out of the legal side of your divorce may help you cope with the process more readily.

Approaching the legal process of your divorce as a business deal is not the right approach for everyone. But if you give it a chance, you may discover that it is the best approach for you. If you have questions about this approach, do not hesitate to ask your family law attorney.

Source: Fox Business, “The Unintended Consequences of Divorce,” Gerri Willis, Feb. 14, 2014