Getting divorced is rarely a happy occasion, but many couples at least manage a civilised one. Marriages that end in divorce typically last about 12 years, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures from 2014. That’s certainly long enough to build up joint assets. If you can come to a fair settlement without involving the courts and minimizing lawyers, everyone will be better off, both financially and emotionally. Mediators and family lawyers say the key is to rebuild trust.
- The decision to divorce was mutually agreed upon by Amanda and Matt Mendoza.
- Although six months into their marriage they were urged by a therapist to split, they chose to stay together for 5-plus years.
- Amanda and Matt have discovered that they are better off as friendly companions than actual lovers.
“Yes, we are getting a divorce, and we understand that some of you will never understand, or never agree with our decision, but together we stand by this accord, and we look back with grateful hearts, understanding that having had this experience, we are better people.”