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Tips to Help Navigate A Divorce
Maryann J. Rabkin, Esq.

Understandably, getting a divorce is the most stressful experience that many people have ever had to deal with. There are so many ups and downs during the divorce process. There are, however, some key ways in which you can help yourself (and your family) navigate the process and ease the emotional toll.

Whenever possible, try to keep communication between you and your spouse open and productive. The more amicable the two parties involved are with each other, the less negative impact the entire process “claims” on your emotional health, and most often promotes better results.

Certainly, when children are involved it is paramount to remember that they are children and should not be “put in the middle” of the divorce process. They simply need to know that although everything around them may be changing, they are loved by both parents and that everything will be okay. Your spouse will be a part of important decisions, celebrations, family functions, school functions, etc., for many years, and speaking negatively about your spouse will only cause unnecessary stress to the children.

Keep in mind that a support network is crucial. Surround yourself with family and friends who can help you; be your sounding boards; and/or shoulders to lean on through this difficult time in your life. Don’t be afraid to utilize the help of a trained professional. There are many services available to assist you during the process. Therapists, mediators, attorneys, financial planners can offer a wide range of assistance and prevent the divorce process from being an emotional drain.


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