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How Can I Make Sure I Have a Healthy Illinois Divorce?

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Getting a divorce can seem like you are on an emotionally fueled rollercoaster. One moment you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse are in an ugly argument and you are full of anger and the next thing you know, you are remembering all of the memories you made together and the family you created and you are filled with a sense of grief. It is normal to feel a wide range of emotions during the divorce process, but maintaining a sense of stability is important when working toward a healthy divorce. It is not impossible to have a minimally contentious and agreeable divorce, but there are steps that you can take to make sure your divorce is as healthy as possible. 

Begin the Process With a Negotiating Mindset

Throughout the divorce process, there will be many decisions that will need to be made. You and your soon-to-be ex-spouse will have to determine who will keep the family home or how you will divide the value of it and other assets, what you will do with your retirement accounts, how you will construct your parenting plan, whether or not you will receive spousal maintenance payments, and the list goes on. You should be prepared to greet each and every one of these decisions with an open mind and a willingness to cooperate.

Do Not Worry Too Much About the Children

One of the biggest worries that parents have when they are looking to get a divorce is how the divorce will affect the kids. However, children are not typically affected by divorce in the long term -- as long as parents minimize the conflict to which their children are exposed. Do not fight or argue in front of your children and they should have an easier time coping with the transition.

Find a Parenting Time Schedule that Works For Everyone

There is no set parenting time schedule that you must use when you get a divorce.  For some families, living with one parent during the school week and then living with the other parent during the weekend works out the best. For other families, spending two consecutive weeks with each parent is the best solution. You and your co-parent can decide what your parenting time schedule will look like so it fits with your lifestyles and flows with the rest of the family.

Do Not Forget About Your Own Emotional Health

A divorce can be a stressful time for the entire family, but it is majorly stressful for the people who are getting divorced. During this process, you likely have a million different things on your mind and the last thing on your mind is yourself, but you need to be sure to pay attention to your own emotional well-being during this process. Getting a divorce can take a huge emotional toll on you, so making time for decompressing and relaxation is important.

Contact a Kane County Divorce Lawyer Today

It may seem scary to take such a large step in life, but for some couples, getting a divorce is the best option for them as well as their family. If you have been thinking about filing for divorce, you should speak with our knowledgeable Aurora divorce attorneys. At the Law Office of Matthew M. Williams, P.C., we can help you and your spouse come to a divorce agreement that outlines an appropriate parenting plan and protects your best interests. To begin the process, call our office today at 630-409-8184 to schedule an initial consultation.

 

Sources:

https://www.healthline.com/health/parenting/guide-to-a-healthy-divorce#2.-Dont-use-the-D-word-lightly-or-as-an-ultimatum

https://www.nbcnews.com/better/lifestyle/seeking-healthy-divorce-here-s-what-marriage-story-got-right-ncna1111816

 

The Law Office of Matthew M. Williams, P.C.

630-409-8184

1444 North Farnsworth Avenue, Suite 307, Aurora, IL 60505

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