Divorce Guide For Women

Updated 04/16/19
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Divorce is usually a one-sided decision. Very rarely do couples sit down and come to the decision to end their marriage together. In many situations, one spouse is left to struggle with the consequences of the other spouse's decision to file for a divorce. It isn’t easy to deal with the admission that your partner no longer wants to be in the marriage.

Such rejection can be a huge blow to your emotional equilibrium. You may be left with sleepless nights, feelings of rejection, and a deep desire to fix the problems in your marriage. This article will help you by giving advice from a woman and mother’s point of view. You will find links to articles that will guide you through commonly faced problems women deal with during the divorce process.

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Coping With the Emotional Aspects of Divorce

The process of divorce is a legal one. There is no place in that legal process for negative emotions. The most important thing you can do is deal with the emotional aspect of divorce in a way that doesn’t interfere with the legal issues.

In other words, you need a clear head, a thought process that is led by logic—not anger or fear. The only way to keep emotions from co-mingling with the legal process is to learn good coping strategies. Don’t bury your emotions and don’t deny feelings. Instead, work through them so that you can be at your best when fighting for your legal divorce rights. 

Navigating the Legal Process of Divorce

Once you’ve begun constructively dealing with issues of the heart, you should consult with a divorce attorney to help navigate the legalities. You have a lot to consider and a lot to protect. If you have a good divorce attorney—one who has good negotiating skills—you can protect all those assets you and your husband have acquired through the years. 

Protecting Your Child Custody Rights During Divorce

Fathers who are willing to go the extra mile are gaining more time with their children after divorce. More and more fathers are gaining 50/50 custody and in some cases legal custody of their children.

If you share children, prepare yourself for shared parenting and custody after divorce. It is imperative that every parent recognize the importance of their role in their child’s life. When hiring an attorney make sure they understand your desire to put your children’s best interest first, which in most cases will mean equal parenting time for both you and your husband.

What to Expect During the Divorce Process

The steps you will go through during the divorce process will depend upon the district you live in. Every state has differing divorce laws and every county has its own procedure. Your divorce attorney will be able to and should be willing to walk you through what the divorce process will be like for you. 

Understanding the Division of Marital Assets

When dividing property during a divorce, the court will first determine if the property is marital or non-marital property. This can be a very complicated process and is dealt with according to your state's laws. 

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