Going through a divorce is difficult enough without having to air your dirty laundry in open court. However, Ohio couples can take steps to avoid litigation when getting divorced. One of the most important things a couple can do is work together to resolve the issues that are involved in separating their lives.

Once an Ohio couple has made the decision to divorce, their second decision needs to be what kind of divorce they want to have. Some couples are able to put aside their differences in order to work together and have an amicable divorce. Other couples are simply unable to work together, and the assistance of a court may make the most sense for them.

In order to make sure that all of the issues that need to be dealt with in a divorce are addressed, each party may gain by obtaining their own representation. Even spouses who cooperate during the divorce have separate interests, and it is beneficial to have professionals guarding those interests. Prior to sitting down with an attorney, it makes sense to create a complete list of all the marital property and separate property, including things such as bank accounts and insurance policies, which are sometimes overlooked. This can make property division smoother and simpler.

Talking to friends who have been through a divorce may help identify issues and important questions to address. If there are children involved, it may help to focus on trying to make the divorce process as amicable as possible for their sake. The spirit of cooperation can go a long way to avoid litigation while achieving a fair and comprehensive settlement.

Source: Huffington Post, "Thinking About Getting Divorced? 7 Things To Consider," Ann Blumenthal Jacobs, Patricia Ryan Lampl and Tish Rabe, Sept. 27, 2012