Stephen J. Buhler, Attorney at Law

Divorce doesn't have to be the worst day of your life

The day of the wedding is seen by many couples as one of the happiest days of their lives and something they will remember until the day they die. Just because the start of a marriage is the happiest day of one's life doesn't mean the divorce process has to be among the worse days of their lives, if it comes to divorce. While a divorce does signify the end of a union, it can be completed without devolving into an emotional and legal quagmire.

Nearly 50 percent of all marriages in the United States end in divorce. Thus, no matter how happy a couple starts out there is a significant chance that the marriage will dissolve at some point. This stays true regardless of how long a couple is married, as the rate of divorces for those over the age of 50 has tripled in the last few decades.

When it comes to the divorce itself there are basically two ways the parties can approach the process. The first, most common, and highly volatile method of divorce is an adversarial approach. This approach essentially means treating the soon to be ex-spouse as an enemy and using whatever methods are available to get as much as possible, even if it means years of headache and heartache down the road. The second method, which is gaining more popularity, is the collaborative approach. The collaborative approach leaves more control of the divorce in the hands of the couple, allowing them to come to mutually beneficial arrangements without heated arguments creating roadblocks.

Our firm realizes just how much a divorce can change the lives of our clients and we strive to make the process as painless as possible. By listening to our clients, we prioritize what is important to them without losing sight of the fact that there is life after divorce and our actions today can affect our client tomorrow.

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