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Tips for how to handle a divorce midlife

In the course of a divorce there are many issues that need to be addressed. Some of those issues are financial and pertain to alimony and the division of assets. Other matters concern children such as who will have custody and the amount of child support that will be paid by the noncustodial parent. Exactly what will need to be worked through depends on a variety of factors including the age of the couple that is splitting.

In addition to those basics, there is a social side to address as well. For individuals who are divorcing midlife, it is a good idea to keep several things in mind.

The first is, do what you can to spare you friends from all of the details. While friends are of course there for each other, there needs to be a limit to what you subject them to. Along those same lines, keep your children and other relatives out of it as well. Your children in particular do not need to deal with negative comments about their other parent. For that matter, neither do your online friends. Stay off social media as well.

Some people will never be able to come to terms with the fact that you have divorced. This could lead them to stay away from you. Should this happen it is best to accept it and move on. Attempting to understand that it is about them, not you, may make that easier.

Last but not least, enjoy your new life. In doing so, take advantage of the opportunities your divorce has offered you. Working with a lawyer during the divorce process could help to get you to a place that makes the next phase more enjoyable.

Source: The Huffington Post, “5 Ways to Behave Like a Grown-Up Through Your Midlife Divorce,” Abby Rodman, Sept. 21, 2014

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