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New Year's resolutions after divorce for Texas residents

January not only marks the start of a new year but it also marks the beginning of a new life after marriage for many residents in the country, including those in Dallas, Texas. A set of regulations that can make the first year after a divorce the best year are outlined here.

The first step to take is to plan for the future. When a person is in the middle of the divorce process, it is very difficult to think about anything else. Once the dust settles, that person can focus on a long-term financial plan. For example, it is time to start thinking about budgets and savings. If a person wants to buy a house, for example, divorce can push them toward the planning stages of making that wish a reality down the road.

The second step is to seek the support of a therapist in order to get over the negative emotions associated with the divorce. Speaking about the various issues associated with divorce is definitely a part of the grieving process and the divorcing person needs to address those issues in order to move on in life.

If the divorce settlement has many provisions, such as child support payments, or alimony, a person needs to ensure that those are taken care of. Also, the person should make self-care a priority. Initially, retail therapy, or shopping, may appear to be a good solution; however, later on, the instant gratification fizzles out. It is better to get involved in some long-term activities, such as enrolling in an exercise program.

Also, after divorce, a divorced parent should focus on the children. It is best to go for a positive co-parenting relationship, if at all possible, and that will definitely help everyone involved.

For newly divorced people or people thinking about divorce, planning for life ahead is an important step. Just like a new year's resolution, accomplishing a smooth divorce requires substantial effort.

Source: Huffington Post, "7 Resolutions to Having a Great Newly-Divorced Year," Bari Zell Weinberger, Jan. 20, 2015

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