Most married couples do not decide to go their separate ways because they were getting along so well. However, this does not mean that divorce has to be an unnecessarily hard process. Minnesota couples who are committed to things like ongoing communication, honest financial disclosures and openness to getting help may be able to proceed with divorce as amicably as possible.

Communication may not come naturally to a couple who has already encountered their fair share of marital troubles. For some, attending marriage counseling before filing for divorce can be helpful in at least two different ways. First, it can give both people the communication skills they need for this process. And second, it can help both spouses feel certain that their decision to divorce is best.

It is also a good idea to have a firm understanding of both one’s own finances as well as those of a soon-to-be ex-spouse. This includes things like personal income, debts and assets, all of which may influence how much support could be available after divorce. Communication is important for this process too, because much of this information relies on financial disclosures from both parties.

Creating the right conditions for an amicable divorce on one’s own may be more difficult than some people may realize. Minnesota family law is complicated, and misunderstandings about property division, support, child custody and more can easily arise. This is why seeking out guidance from an experienced attorney early on in the process can also be an important step for creating an amicable divorce.