For Wisconsin couples who have decided to end their marriage and move forward with a divorce, difficulties may arise. Lingering tensions could bubble to the surface, complicating matters. Although it could be tempting to use past issues during the family law proceeding, it may be better to take the high road.

Being aboveboard has foundational aspects to consider. Being respectful can be difficult especially in cases where the other spouse behaved in a way that is viewed as poorly during the marriage. Still, behaving in a civil way can have its benefits. This is key if there are children. With children, sharing information is imperative. The kids should take precedence. In that context, parenting time is often problematic. Flexibility can keep the sides on the same page and avoid rancor.

Some parents might try to share information with children about the divorce. While this is frequently unavoidable if the children are older, it should be done judiciously with certain pieces of information held back. For a spouse who has the upper hand in a case, it does not need to be used. Being fair during the case can be useful. In many situations, the spouses may try to bait one another to sow discord. Sometimes avoiding that bait is wise. It can also be healthy emotionally and personally.

Any relationship generally had frequent contact. Reducing contact can make the split easier to deal with. Financial accounts will be disclosed in the case. Hiding assets might be tempting, but it can only cause problems and harm the person’s position in the case. If the negotiations are going poorly and it seems as if the other spouse is being petty, it could be helpful to calculate whether it is worth it to agree. Finally, when mistakes are made, simply apologizing can go far in maintaining a cordial relationship. Any family law case will be difficult, but there are ways to smooth the process. Being willing to negotiate and avoiding unnecessary disputes is part of that. For any case, legal advice could be beneficial for a successful resolution.