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How to Have a Healthy Divorce

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Filing for a divorce can release a flood of emotions that can quickly catch you off guard. While these feelings are completely normal, they can make it difficult to proceed with the divorce in a calm manner. Luckily, the American Psychological Association has put together a few tips to help you have an emotionally healthy divorce.

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While sitting down together to talk about what you’re thinking and feeling is likely the last thing on your mind as you file for divorce, taking this simple step can help ensure that both you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse remain emotionally healthy throughout the divorce process. Investing in a few divorce counseling sessions may help to keep your relationship amicable, which may make the process more comfortable and less traumatic for children in the marriage as well.

Write Things Down

The emotional turmoil of divorce can make it difficult to remember everything you need to do or questions you should ask. During a calm moment, take the time to write down a checklist of important tasks, as well as questions that you have been meaning to ask your divorce attorney. You should also create a list of points that you would like to sit down and discuss with your soon-to-be ex-spouse.

Spend Time on Self-Care

During a divorce, your life will be changing rapidly. These changes can quickly become overwhelming. It’s important that you take the time to take care of yourself. Let friends and family know when you need support, or help with children so that you can have a night out. If you find yourself having difficulties dealing with all of the emotions that can accompany divorce, you may want to make an appointment with a psychologist.

No one anticipates a divorce when they get married, but the APA estimates that 20 percent of all first marriages end in divorce within the first five years. If you are considering filing for divorce, it is important that you contact a qualified Illinois divorce attorney today to help you with the process.

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