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Steps to help divorcing couples divide their marital property

Emotions can run high during a divorce. That's because a judge has to look clinically at every aspect of a couple's life that they are emotionally attached to. The judge must then try and give each of them an equal share of what they once held together. This includes the process of property division which can be difficult for some divorcing couples to face. However, there are several steps that divorcing couples can take that can help them divide up their marital property.

One step that they can take before a divorce trial is to hire a mediator who can help a couple get through any property division area that the spouses are having trouble agreeing to. A mediator isn't emotionally involved with either of the spouses so the person can remain neutral while discussing this topic. By following the recommendations of the mediator, a divorcing couple may be able to agree on all of the aspects of property division before they appear in court.

Another important marital property tip is to not fight over small items that may have a strong emotional value for one of the spouses. That's because a judge will not view the item in the same way. A judge has no investment in a couple's property and will only seek to divide the property up fairly. It will not matter to a judge if one spouse has believes that a piece of property should go to that person.

It's also very important for divorcing spouses to avoid trying to hide any assets from their former partner. However, any Virginia resident who is going through a divorce may want to speak with a divorce attorney in order to learn about additional tips that can help a couple find an amiable solution to any property division questions.

Source:, "3 tips for dividing marital property during divorce," Accessed July 24, 2016

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