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Self-care during divorce

When a couple in Georgia divorces, it's not unusual for both parties to experience a range of emotions. Some of these feelings may be unfamiliar and unsettling. However, the reality is that having a strong emotional reaction to the end of the marriage is normal.

In most cases, people get married with the best of intentions. They truly love their spouse and look forward to building a life together. At some point, however, the relationship breaks down. This is often a major disappointment that can leave a person emotionally exhausted and confused. Failing to acknowledge the real disappointment and stresses that come with divorce can make the work of legally, socially and emotionally separating from a spouse even more difficult.

Many analysts now recommend that a divorcing spouse enter into a program of self-care during and after the end of a marriage. This includes reaching out to friends and family for support and companionship, seeking therapy to deal with difficult feelings and developing healthy lifestyle habits, including regular exercise. It is also important for divorcing spouses to seek professional advice on issues such as finances. After tall, money matters often play a significant role in divorce agreements.

Someone who is considering divorce may benefit from consulting with an experienced family law attorney. Legal counsel could review the client's circumstances and make suggestions regarding asset division, child custody and spousal support. An attorney might also be able to guide a client through mediation and handle negotiations in ways that help to prevent escalation of conflict during the divorce.

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