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Overcoming challenges inherent to the divorce process

A couple may choose to divorce for a number of reasons. Whether a divorce was years in the making, precipitated by one major event or a total surprise; learning that a husband or wife has filed for divorce is likely to set off a firestorm of thoughts and emotions.

Once divorce papers have been filed and served, everything changes. The problems a couple faced privately are no longer just between the two of them. As attorneys, judges and the courts get involved, husbands and wives may feel as though they have little to no control.

The divorce process is frequently equated to a roller coaster ride, and, for the purposes of this discussion, imagine you hate roller coasters. As an individual embarks on a ride that's sure to have some bumps, twists and stomach dropping discoveries; it's important to have a divorce attorney along for the ride who has been on similar rides many times and is prepared.

As the divorce process proceeds and matters related to the division of property and assets, shared belongings and child custody are discussed and negotiated, it's important to be represented by a legal professional who has one's best interests in mind and can act not only as a sounding board but also as an advisor, confidant and diplomatic negotiator.

Anyone who has ever gone through a divorce can likely attest to the personal and financial struggles and challenges that seem inherent to the process. While swept up in what may seem like a never-ending process, it's important to take steps to maintain one's own sanity, health and happiness. It's also important to persevere with the knowledge that the day will come when the divorce is finalized and, as time heals divorce-related wounds, an individual will emerge wiser and stronger.

The Huffington Post, "My Wife Filed for Divorce! Now What?," Jackie Pilossoph, Aug. 15, 2014

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