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How to proceed (and what to avoid) during divorce

It doesn't matter who you are or where you are from: when you and your spouse decide that it is time for a divorce, there are going to be some mixed emotions about it. Even though a new chapter of your life is about to open up, there will still be some complicated feelings stewing around inside of you. This can lead to some splitting couples making rash decisions and taking actions that are detrimental to their interests.

So for today's post, we want to talk about a few things that you can do during the divorce process that will help you out immensely -- and also a few things you should avoid doing, lest they ruin your divorce entirely.

With that in mind, what can you do to help yourself during the divorce process? Well, if you have children, make sure they are taken care of during the divorce. They will be feeling a wide range of emotions and may feel insecure with their upcoming family dynamic, so do everything you can for them. Additionally, you need to be calm and rational yourself during the divorce process. Getting angry and upset with your spouse will only make matters more complicated.

Along those lines, you should be honest with your spouse by fully disclosing your assets and also by telling him or her what you want when certain matters are negotiated. At the same time, don't be so rigid that you are unwilling to compromise. Being this way can derail negotiations and make a divorce take longer than it has to.

As far as what to avoid: you shouldn't make any big plans in the near future. So this means don't buy a new house or new car, and don't take a new job in a different state. You should also abide by any legal orders that are given to you.

Source: FindLaw, "The Divorce Process: Do's and Don'ts," Accessed Dec. 29, 2017

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