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How to divorce and remain on good terms

When marriages end, the ex-spouses have to embark on the process of separating their lives from one another. Divorce does not have to be gritty and difficult in California. It is possible to have a divorce that promotes an amicable relationship between the parties as well as effective co-parenting if children are involved. Following a few tips on how to make the process less challenging can guard against emotional damage to anyone affected by divorce.

One suggestion is to be proactive rather than reactive. Proactive spouses consistently make an effort to improve the future without delay. A few different ways this is achieved include creating checklists, planning daily and setting goals. Those who practice this technique would not contact an ex-spouse without first thinking about why they are making the call and what they are going to say. Through this, a reactionary response is avoided.

A less effective way to handle a divorce is through reaction.  Ex-spouses who react generally dwell on past events, focus on a spouse's faults and place blame on each other. A way to avoid this emotional response is to start the divorce with the intention of it ending well. Marriage advisors also suggest that the parties should not allow any influence from the outside to affect the proceedings. Lastly, divorcing spouses can make a list of what the divorce needs and check it often to ensure everything is on track.

Following these tips could allow a positive outcome to a life event that can be difficult. Being proactive can help protect children from unnecessary emotional damage and establish a civil relationship between ex-spouses. An experienced California divorce attorney can help an individual through all of the intricacies of the divorce process, allowing the client to better focus on the future, including maintaining as amicable of a relationship as possible with his or her former partner.

Source: liveabout.com, "3 Tips for Having a Good Divorce", Cathy Meyer, Accessed on May 7, 2019

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