Richard E. Fowlks, Attorney at Law

An amicable divorce can reduce your stress

When you go through a divorce and have children with your ex, you won't have the option of never speaking to your ex again. Because of this, you should try to remain as amicable as possible. This might be challenging, but it is fully possible.

Being able to be friends with your ex isn't going to happen right away. Your emotions are likely going to be raw right after the divorce, so you have to give yourself time to heal after the filing. During this time, your focus should remain on trying to be mentally ready for having to work with your ex about the children.

Some parents might need to seek out help from a counselor to be able to cope with the situation. Taking this step might provide you with tools that can help you. It might help your children to have someone to speak to, too.

Once you are at a point where you can interact with your ex, you should set some clear boundaries. Neither adult should be concerned about the love interests of the other. Giving each other space can help everyone to deal with the current state of affairs.

As time progresses, you can find ways to enjoy your life after the end of your marriage. This can help you move on even more, and you might find that these activities provide you with a good source of relaxation.

Ideally, you will start to focus on yourself as soon as the divorce papers are filed. You may find that you are better able to address the negotiations that must occur when you are working with your ex to come up with a divorce settlement.

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