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Strategies for keeping your cool during the divorce

Divorce is one of the most emotionally draining events most people will have to endure during their lifetime. More so than at any other point in your life, you will feel frustrated and pushed to your limits - making it easy to lash out at the other person.

The more emotional is diffused into the situation, the more difficult (and unpredictable) it becomes. Truly no one wins.

Minimize your stress and work toward the most advantageous outcome possible by using some of these suggestions for keeping your emotions at bay and to a minimum during this difficult time:

Maintain productive communication - Keep the texts and phone calls to a minimum to avoid arguments and drudging up hurt feelings. Instead, schedule times to discuss important issues regarding the divorce. Go into the meeting focused on what you need to accomplish and don't let the conversation stray.

Find common ground - As you negotiate and work toward ending the marriage, focus on things you agree upon. This will give you a foundation for building toward the fastest resolution possible. If you have children, this is particularly critical and will help you establish a structure to co-parent well.

Work through your attorney - Pay attention to the advice your attorney gives you. He or she handles these matters on a daily basis and has proven solutions for the issues you and your ex-spouse have.

Talk to someone - If you are struggling with the emotional side of the divorce, as almost everyone does, find someone to talk to. Many people seek professional counseling to better understand themselves and how to work through how difficult this time is. Even if you just establish a trusted friend in whom you can confide in, talking through the matter will go a long way in helping you diffuse conflict as the divorce proceeds.

Don't blame yourself - Just because your marriage didn't work out does not mean you are a failure. Forgive yourself - and the other person - for the failed marriage.

At Magee, Zeringue & Richardson, we partner with individuals throughout the area to provide solutions and guidance they need during this time. We have served hundreds of clients in divorce, carrying the difficult burden of this process. Allow us to come alongside you and work toward the best possible outcome in your divorce.

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