A study conducted by the National Survey of Family Growth reported that 48 percent of marriages dissolve by the 20-year milestone, and 20 percent of first marriages dissolve within five years after the wedding day. Although these kinds of statistics are grim, divorce does not have to be emotionally devastating. In fact, many couples manage to separate in a healthy way. If you and your spouse are seeking an amicable divorce, the following tips can help throughout the process:
Many couples struggle throughout the divorce process, because they cannot put their emotions aside for an extended period of time. You have a better chance of avoiding this issue when you take a proactive approach. The best course of action is to be prepared for the inevitable waves of emotion that can surface from the situation. Whenever you are caught in the heat of the moment and feel the urge to lash out, or if you are resistant to suggestions made by your spouse because you want to “win” the case, remind yourself that fighting only delays the process for everyone. Collaboration and effective communication can help facilitate a smoother separation and can reduce the overall amount of time you spend in the legal process.
If you share children with your spouse, it is important that you both work to protect their best interests. Stay involved in your children’s lives, give them time and space to express their emotions, and above all, never get in the way of their relationship with your ex-spouse. Your children need and deserve the love of both their parents, especially in the midst of a divorce.
Grief and depression are common traits among divorcees. During your divorce, there are many self-care practices that can promote a positive future. For example, eating healthy, getting plenty of exercise, setting goals, cultivating new interests, and nurturing the healthy relationships in your life can help you create an improved lifestyle and ease the separation process.
Even with self-care and a support system, you may struggle to cope with the emotions stirred up by your divorce. If things get out of hand, or if you start to feel intense anger or depression, you should consider speaking with a therapist. A professional can help you put things matters into perspective. Moreover, an experienced counselor can explain the best way to process any overwhelming feelings. You can also join a support group for additional help and encouragement.
Competent legal guidance and representation can make a world of a difference on the road to healing and recovery after your divorce. Proper legal assistance enables you to feel empowered, informed about your decision, and prepared to move forward. Our seasoned Lombard, IL family law attorneys will help you understand your rights and your legal options so you can focus on an amicable split. Call Mevorah Law Offices LLC today at 630-932-9100 to schedule a free consultation.
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