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Keep this in mind for successful post-divorce parenting

While things didn't turn out as planned in your marriage, you are definitely not the only parent currently transitioning into a new lifestyle after divorce, and there's no reason not to remain hopeful that you and your children will be fine. Sure, there may be a few bumps in the road along the way, especially if a parenting disagreement arises between you and your former spouse; however, children are generally quite adaptable, and yours will likely fare well if they know you are there to support them.

Setting boundaries with your ex

One of the advantages of divorce for many people is that they never have to see their spouse again. Of course, if you have children, you'll need to have some interaction. However, whether you're co-parenting children or not, you can and should set clear boundaries for your ex. That's particularly important if your ex still has feelings for you, is controlling or is detrimental to your well-being.

Be careful with joint debt during your divorce

When couples divorce, they generally divide up their joint debts just as they do their assets. If you and your spouse held credit cards and loans jointly and your spouse neglected to make timely payments, your credit score likely took a hit. That's one reason why it's essential to look at your credit reports during the divorce.

The importance of keeping your emotions out of your divorce

Divorce is an emotional experience. However, it's essential not to let your emotions color your decisions. Your financial future as well as the well-being of your children, if you have them, is at stake. One New York divorce attorney says a big mistake she often sees clients make is that they "think emotionally –- which is not financially practical."

Can your career help determine your odds of marital success?

Researchers have found that being unemployed or having an unpredictable income flow can be detrimental to a marriage. According to the Institute for Family Studies, "We suspect that employment instability, as opposed to low income per se, may be part of the explanation."

Divorcing millennials may find a lack of support among peers

Divorce rates are increasing among those in the baby boom generation, while they are decreasing among younger people. That's partly because people in their 20s and 30s aren't as likely to marry as people of their parents' and grandparents' generation at that age.

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