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Tips to ease the stress of divorce

Divorce is difficult, but there are steps you can take to retain some control and ease the transition into single life. First, take kids into account. The presence of children in the marriage can be a huge catalyst for an amicable split. Although your personal relationship with a spouse is ending, a new relationship will begin as you work together to raise your children.

A recent article in the Huffington Post notes that after kids, the next biggest issue in divorce is generally money. How are assets going to be divided? The exact split will vary for each couple, but it is wise to keep the big picture in mind. When possible, avoid fighting over material things. Focus instead on getting a balance of assets. For example, it is generally wise to aim for a portion of current savings as well as retirement assets for future financial security.

Ultimately, it may be difficult to navigate through a divorce and the ending of a marriage. Although the fact that the marriage failed may be uncontrollable, certain aspects of the divorce can be controlled. In some cases, a focus on the things you can control can help you ease into life after divorce.

Whether you are the one filing for the divorce or the one receiving the request, the entire process can be overwhelming. Issues such as who gets the family home or how time with children will be split are just a few that can present themselves during the divorce proceeding. Those who are going through this process are wise to seek the counsel of an experienced divorce lawyer. Your lawyer will help guide you through the process, working to better ensure you receive a more favorable outcome.

Source: Huffington Post, "Divorce Lessons: 8 Critical Choices in Making a Positive Split," John McElhenney, August 5, 2014

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