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Work on healing after your marriage ends

Saying that your marriage is done and filing for a divorce can lead to some very strong emotions. Not only do you have to deal with the emotional turmoil, you also have to handle the legal matters. It's imperative that you take the time to heal emotionally and mentally once you know that the marriage is over.

Most people don't heal quickly when they end a marriage. Some people, especially those who were in an abusive marriage, might be surprised at how long it takes. They may also be shocked by the range of emotions they feel even though they wanted the split.

Try to separate emotions from logic in decision-making

The property division process can be a real challenge because you might have emotional ties to some of the assets in the divorce. Make sure that you're thinking logically about each one so that you don't walk away with anything that's going to make your life worse off than it has to be. One thing to be especially careful about is the financial obligation of the asset because you'll have to be able to cover these costs on only your own income.

Avoid making life-changing decisions while you heal

While the end of a marriage is a time for big changes in your life, try not to make sudden life-changing ones until you've healed. Unless you can't avoid it, this isn't the time to change jobs or move to a new state. Of course, there are some instances in which you have to do these. Just be sure you take the time to consider what's best for you from a practical standpoint so you aren't making decisions based on your feelings about the divorce.

Build your new life in the way that puts you first

Throughout your marriage, you had to consider what your spouse would want and need. Now that you're single, you can focus on what's best for you. Of course, you do need to think of the children if you have them, but you can still find your own happiness during this time. Try to find hobbies that let you meet people you enjoy spending time with and work on setting the plan for a future you'll appreciate.

The divorce process isn't going to be easy, but it's a necessary step toward moving forward with your life. You should ensure that you have a proper settlement that puts you on the best foundation as you move forward.

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