Divorce can be an emotionally draining process full of frustration, anger and loneliness. Many Wyoming couples have ended their relationship with such contempt that they no longer can include each other in their lives. This is especially troubling when there are children involved, as they become the innocent victims caught in the crossfire. Divorce doesn’t have to be this way: a true friendship can survive divorce. By following some basic tips, a couple can approach their separation with a positive attitude that is productive instead of destructive, leading to a better outcome for the whole family.

Without an understanding of what went wrong with a marriage, it is hard to move forward. The couple should do some honest assessing of both spouses’ actions and discuss those that led to the separation without pointing fingers or becoming defensive. Chances are, both spouses are guilty of some wrongdoing, so discussing this openly and honestly will help both examine their own actions and accept some of the responsibility for the failure of the relationship. Once a spouse realizes his or her own contribution, he or she can move forward with the next step, which is to work to correct those mistakes. This will spark personal growth, improved empathy for the other spouse, a more amicable settlement process and a positive example for the children.

Negotiating a divorce settlement requires cooperation and compromise. The marital assets must be divided, so there will have to be things each spouse is prepared to give up to get the settlement completed quickly and efficiently. Trying to be greedy will only increase cost and animosity. The spouses must maintain a balance between fairness and generosity during this time as well. Being generous with the other spouse will improve chances of maintaining a friendship, but each must make sure to prepare for his or her own post-divorce needs as well.

A final and crucial tip for divorcing couples is to obtain the assistance of a trustworthy, experienced divorce attorney. An attorney knowledgeable about Wyoming divorce laws can guide the client through the entire process, helping him or her avoid the pitfalls that lead to destructive emotions and negative outcomes. By guiding the client through the settlement process with experience, the attorney can help the client reach an agreement in a timely manner without unnecessary arguments and wasted emotions.