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Things You Should Never Do Before, During And After Divorce

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Never Disregard Your Children's Feelings:

Or allow yourself to believe that your children don’t need you in their lives. Don’t ever get to the point that seeing your children is more painful than not seeing them. If you are a non-custodial parent and are dealing with such pain then suck it up. The long-term consequences and negative impact of not having their parent in their lives outweighs the emotional pain you feel.

Never Use The Family Court System To Do Battle With An Ex:

There are adversarial attorneys who will take your last dime and help you use the system to get back at an ex. The need for revenge can be costly and the only one to pay, in the end will be you.

Never Refuse To Negotiate Or Mediate A Divorce Settlement:

Negotiation and mediation are about settling the business end of the marriage. Put your emotions aside, take care of the business that needs to be taken care of and then deal with your emotions separately.

Never Refuse To Communicate With Your Ex:

Unless the relationship is abusive if you have children together, you should always be willing to communicate in a civil and respectful manner with your ex. An ex-spouse is not someone to be thrown away as if she/he is nothing more than trash stuck to the bottom of your shoe. If your ex reaches out to you via a phone call, email or in person with a need to discuss an issue pertaining to your divorce and marriage respond with common human decency. To not do so lacks character.

Never Play The Blame Game:

Blame or causing anyone else to feel shame just because you are experiencing a negative feeling is unacceptable. Divorce hurts, it hurts all involved. Be as conscientious to the feelings of others as you are to your own feelings. To think you have a monopoly on hurt feelings and have the right to turn your back on others due to that is a narcissistic trait. Do whatever you need to do to keep your emotional pain from turning you into a raging narcissist.

Never Be Afraid To Hear The Truth:

People take sides and at times tell us what they think we want to hear. Get outside, objective opinions on how you are handling the legal and emotional aspects of your divorce. Once you’ve gotten those opinions don’t disregard them just because they are not what you want to hear.

Never Believe You Didn’t Play A Role In Marital Problems:

It takes two to build a relationship and it takes two to destroy one. Don’t tell yourself half-baked stories about who you did everything you could do. Get real with yourself about what happened. Getting real will keep you from getting stuck in a never ending game of blame.

Never Make Assumptions:

Don’t assume your attorney has you covered legally. Don’t assume the judge is going to rule in your favor. Don’t assume your ex is angry and out to destroy you. Know the facts and base your actions on them. It might just keep you from making an ass out of yourself.

Never Fall Victim To Your Own Expectations:

You may expect your ex to be civil and respectful. You may expect your attorney to do his/her job. You may expect your ex to follow the court ordered divorce decree. We don’t always get what we expect so the best thing to do is not expect anything and be willing to deal with what you get. In other words if you have no expectations you can’t be let down.

Never Allow Your Emotions To Rule Your Actions:

If your spouse has left and filed for divorce it is time for you to take action. Don’t sit and cry in your beer hoping they will come back. Get yourself an attorney and do what you need to do to protect yourself legally. There will be plenty of time for crying in your beer later. Plus, if your spouse changes his/her mind they are going to come back no matter what actions you take. If they don’t return at least you will have protected yourself and will, more than likely have money to buy all that beer you will be crying in.

Never Pass Up The Opportunity To Forgive:

An unforgiving heart is the biggest obstacle to moving passed divorce and onto a rich and fulfilling life. If you can’t forgive you will never be able to do anything but make do and suffer the consequences.

I’ve written articles on what a person should do if they are going through a divorce. I’ve given information on how to protect your legal interest, how to cope with divorce and how to move onto a new life and new relationship after a divorce.

This article is made up of a list of things a person should never do during a divorce. Every thing listed above I’ve seen done over and over by clients and witnessed it in my own experience with divorce. I hope the list helps you recognize any of the behaviors you are exhibiting and that you make needed changes so that your divorce does not turn into a long, drawn out litigious battle.

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