Making the decision to get a divorce is always incredibly difficult. However, once the decision has been made and the wheels are in motion, it is important to sit back and take stock of what you would like your life after divorce to look like. The majority of people are looking to receive favorable divorce settlements, whether that is specifically monetary, custody-related, property-related, or all of the above. According to Forbes Magazine, the best way to ensure that you get a favorable divorce settlement is to keep a cool and clear head. 

Divorce is a stressful time, but being able to control negative emotions will generally lead to a more amicable settlement process. In fact, many of the most amicable divorce is do not even need to go through the courts at all. Having at least a cordial working relationship with your soon-to-be ex-spouse will go a long way toward keeping costs down and ensuring that all parties come out of it satisfied, or at least equally as dissatisfied. 

Really, the biggest mistake that people make during their divorce is acting badly. For instance, it is not unheard of for one divorcing spouse to call the other divorcing spouse while he or she is at work. This makes the working spouse look bad, and if this sort of conduct puts his or her job in jeopardy, that in turn is going to affect the divorce settlement. 

Acting professionally is particularly important if children are involved. The courts are going to do the best they can to protect the interests of the children, and if you are acting out toward your spouse during the divorce, this is going to reflect badly on you in the final custody agreement.