How to Stay Sane During a Divorce

Almost everyone has seen a dramatic divorce played out in movies or television. One that comes to mind is the scene from the movie Liar Liar when a vindictive mother seeks full custody of her children even after admitting that her husband is a wonderful father. Although movies are usually unrealistic, divorce proceeding can become very ugly somtimes. There are so many memories and emotions that a person goes into a divorce with, it can be difficult to be pragmatic. While there is no way have a completely conflict-free divorce, there are a few things you can do to make the divorce process go more smoothly.

Admit That the Marriage Is Over

Humans are not robots who can suddenly turn off the romantic feelings they once had for a spouse. Many individuals who file for divorce still have residual questions, “what ifs?”, and regrets about the marriage. They may still long for the apology they never got or wish for their spouse to admit to a previous transgression. In order to stay sane during a divorce, you may need to let some of these lingering feelings and desires go. If the marriage is truly over, there is no sense in dredging up the past. The focus now should be on dissolving the marriage in a fair and reasonable way. If you have children together, the focus should be to restructure the romantic relationship you had with your spouse into an effective co-parenting dynamic.

Take Care of Yourself

According to the Holmes-Rahe Stress Inventory, divorce is the second-most stressful thing a person can endure. It is second only to the death of a spouse. It is therefore understandable that those going through a divorce experience feelings of stress, anger, depression, and hopelessness. Many individuals choose to seek professional therapy in order to deal with these feelings. Others find that joining a gym or starting a new hobby helps them cope with the stress of divorce. Whatever the way, it is important that those in the midst of dissolving their marriage find a healthy way to cope with it. If you take care of yourself and your needs, you will be much more equipped to deal with any difficulties presented during the divorce proceedings.

Employ Skilled Legal Aide

If you are planning to divorce your spouse, you need an attorney you can trust. Contact an experienced DuPage County family law attorney to discuss your options and to get the assistance you need. Call 630-871-1002 for a free consultation today.

 

Sources:

http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/healthy-divorce.aspx

https://www.stress.org/holmes-rahe-stress-inventory/

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