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2 pieces of advice to make your divorce process easier

Most people have to learn about divorce the hard way. They got married, and for whatever they went through a divorce, and -- with the help of their family law attorney -- they probably bumbled through the process. They may have made some big mistakes, and learned from those mistakes, but will they ever benefit from the knowledge they acquired?

Here are two pieces of advice from people who have divorce experience, which you don't want to have to acquire the hard way:

  • Your emotional recovery will not happen overnight: This is not the same as breaking up with your high school sweetheart. This is your spouse who you may have been living with for years. You've come to rely on that person psychologically and financially. Suddenly removing this person from you life will be jarring, and it could take months or more than a year to fully recover. Take your time, and don't put pressure on yourself with this process.
  • Don't listen to everyone giving you legal advice: Your divorce lawyer will be the best source of information regarding legal advice. Be careful of family and friends who espouse to know the law, when in fact they could be steering you in the wrong direction. Also, be careful of lawyers who claim to know about divorce, but it's not their main practice area. Take your legal advice from an experienced family law attorney only.

For most people getting a divorce, it's their first rodeo and they may never go through the process again. If you're getting divorced for the first time, remember to be kind with yourself and don't judge your emotional response -- even if it feels unusually strong. Also, only take family law advice from an attorney who you know has the experience you require.

Source: Woman's Day, "What I Wish I Knew Before I Got Divorced," Natasha Burton, accessed Aug. 24, 2017

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