Making the decision to end your marriage can be a very emotional experience.  Oftentimes, the emotions associated with ending your marriage result in anger and/or resentment toward your soon-to-be ex-spouse which in turn can make a difficult situation even more difficult.  During this time, it is important to remember that communication and cooperation, particularly if you have children, can make the experience less traumatic for everyone involved.  In my experience, parties that have negotiated their own settlements with the assistance of counsel, leave a marriage with a much more postive outlook than those who viewed their divorce as a battle that required judicial intervention.  Remembering to communicate and cooperate are a couple of helpful ways you can navigate the end of your marriage in a more healthy way.