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Approaching divorce with respect and responsibility

When a couple makes the decision to get a divorce in Virginia, their decision is rarely made without many accompanying disagreements, sadness and contention. While there are cases where divorcing is inevitable or critical where there is abuse or neglect involved for example, couples who have shared a decently amicable marriage should do their due diligence in weighing their options before irrationally decided to separate. 

After exhausting all efforts to remedy marital problems, divorce often comes as a relief to couples who wish to simply pursue their own life without the interference of constant turmoil. According to Live About, unless there are extreme circumstances, couples who are thinking about getting a divorce should not do so until they have tried their hardest to fix their differences and overcome the barriers in their relationship. When all else fails and divorce is being discussed, couples have to be careful about their behavior so as not to further incriminate themselves or set the stage for an even more contentious outcome. Some of the things they should remember include the following:

  • They should not pursue dating or become romantically involved with another person until their divorce is finalized. 
  • They should carefully assess their financial situation before making any irrational decisions. 
  • They should be selective about who they share details with in regards to their divorce. 

The American Psychological Association reminds couples that doing their best to communicate, being flexible and cooperating with the process, and pursuing mediation are all valuable ways to avoid creating contention that could prolong the process and lead to bitter disputes.  

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