Although many marital dissolutions are amicable, divorce is necessarily an “adversarial process.” “Adversarial is not the same as “confrontational.” Even in the most amicable divorce, the financial interests of each spouse are in conflict to some extent. The party ordered to pay alimony and the one who will receive alimony have financial objectives that are in direct conflict no matter how cordial the divorce. The only way for one party to receive marital property is for the other party to give up their interest. If a spouse relied on the other spouse to manage financial issues during the marriage, there may be a tendency to trust that spouse about what constitutes a fair division of assets. Essentially, these matters typically require the assistance of independent legal counsel even if a spouse has informed you that their attorney indicated the court would resolve an issue in a certain fashion.