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Divorce: learning to let go and look forward

Anyone who has ever gone through a divorce can likely provide some sage advice and wisdom related to how to make it through the process. While the emotional and financial implications of going through a divorce are likely expected to a certain degree, there are numerous others that may catch an individual by surprise.

Individuals who divorce may feel like they somehow failed or took the easy out. In reality, however, it takes a lot more courage to come to terms with the reality that a marriage is not working and to then take steps towards securing a better future. For divorcing parents who must decide upon child custody and child support matters, sleepless nights may be spent worrying about how a divorce will affect the children. In many cases, however, children are able to adjust to the changes divorce brings and will likely appreciate a household that is not dominated by unhappy parents who argue and yell.

Regardless of the problems that lead a couple to divorce, many divorcees are often surprised by the reactions of family members, friends, work colleagues and even complete strangers. Upon learning of an impending divorce, some people are quick to pledge their support and love while others may be judgmental and critical. While it can be difficult to deal with the later, it's wise not to allow the negative comments and reactions of others to color one's world.

Divorce can be painful and leave an individual feeling vulnerable, sad and lonely. In many cases, however, those who may have struggled through the divorce process ultimately emerge happier and more capable to tackle future life challenges.

Source: The Huffington Post, "9 Unexpected Realities Of Divorce," Jenny Erickson, March, 11, 2014

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