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5 ways to ensure a healthy divorce

It may seem difficult to believe but going through the divorce process does not always have to be a filled with contention and become a battle. Many divorces end amicably every day in states across the nation, including here in Texas.

Although there are a lot of tips and tricks out there on the Internet for how to achieve an amicable divorce, we wanted to highlight the main five most common.

1.) Getting your ducks in a row

A lot of contention often found in divorces comes from disputes waged over everything from how assets are going to be divided and who gets what in the divorce. One way to avoid this acrimonious tension is to gather all of the important documents you will need for the divorce process. This should include everything from bank account information to property deeds. Getting these together now can often prevent more stress down the road when you're crunched for time.

2.) Keep the kids in mind

If you're like a lot of our readers then you'd probably do anything to protect your children from potential emotional distress during a divorce. But while some feel that this can be ultimately achieved by avoiding the topic with their children while the process is going on, others believe that avoiding on-going parental conflicts is perhaps the best way.

3.) Communicating and cooperating

One way to avoid a particularly contentious divorce and on-going parental conflicts is to keep lines of communication open. Keeping anger and grief in check and away from discussions about the divorce can not only help couples reach a resolution faster but it can also lead to an amicable relationship after the divorce as well.

4.) Getting professional help

Whether it’s the help of a skilled lawyer or a therapist, seeking help from professionals knowledgeable in the divorce process can be incredibly beneficial and is generally advised no matter how complex the split.

5.) Staying healthy: physically and emotionally

Many people fail to realize the effect illness can have on a person. High stress and a weakened immune system can leave you feeling drained and unwilling to cooperate. This can be problematic during the divorce process, which is why staying physically healthy is incredibly important. Staying positive and optimistic can also help decrease stress as well.

Source: The American Psychological Association, "Healthy divorce: How to make your split as smooth as possible," Accessed Sept. 9, 2014

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