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Getting a divorce after the New Year? How to do it right

The stress of the holidays is over, but your marital stress did not end. Like many couples in Minnesota and elsewhere, you and your spouse have decided after the New Year to call it quits. This can create a whole new range of worries to add to what is already a difficult time. Fortunately, there are ways you might lessen the hassle and give yourself a little peace.

According to the Chicago Tribune, divorce filings are popular in the first few weeks of the new year. Whether due to finances or realizing you need a fresh start, jumping on the New Year divorce bandwagon can be overwhelming. These tips may help you keep a positive perspective and stay on the right track:

  • Now is the time to organize. Gather together your financial paperwork and other documents that an attorney may need to move forward with your divorce.
  • Start researching your divorce options, such as mediation, collaboration or traditional litigation. There are advantages and limitations to each type of divorce.
  • You and your spouse may not like each other very much right now, but being civil towards each other and cooperating may help the process go smoother. If he or she is being difficult, you do not have to behave the same way.
  • Remember that divorce is difficult for children too. Be sensitive and reassuring when answering their questions.
  • Take some time for yourself. You might want to commiserate with a friend over coffee, take a hot bath or even schedule a weekend away. Try to do something small each day to reduce your stress and bring positivity into your life.

The end of a marriage is not easy, but you can get through it with planning, organization, and the help of family and associates. Soon, the anxiety and inconvenience of your divorce will be a thing of the past, and you can look forward to building your new life.

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