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Emotional divorce: dissolving the psychological marriage

Although you have made the decision to end your marriage, it is also important to take time to understand the stages of divorce beyond the legal steps. In order to move on, you and your former spouse need time to disentangle from each other emotionally. Those who fail to do so increase their risk of a subsequent divorce, as well as long-term negative impacts to their children and themselves.

Helping children cope with a long distance move following divorce

For children, no matter their age, the divorce of parents marks a huge shift in their identity. Instead of being part of one intact family, they are now part of two families, maybe more if the parents have moved on and remarried. When a divorced parent relocates, the risk that the move will negatively impact the child increases, as the child will go from seeing the noncustodial parent every day or every other weekend to once or twice a year for vacations and some holidays. So, how can parents help their children through this difficult time?

Friends of divorced people are more likely to divorce

The results of a recent study suggest that spouses in Georgia and around the country are far more likely to consider ending their own marriages if one of their friends goes through a divorce. Researchers from Harvard University, Brown University and the University of California at San Diego discovered that being friends with a divorced person increases a person's chance of getting divorced by 75 percent. The researchers said that seeing their friends exploring new opportunities and coping on their own often gave spouses inspiration to take action themselves.

What not to post on Facebook during divorce

Facebook is easily accessible through an app on your phone. You may even consider your phone, and Facebook, an extension of you. You post about the good times and the bad times, letting everyone know what is going on in your life at the moment. When you are going through a divorce, however, you may want to think twice before tapping "share."

Rebuilding Financially After Divorce

Dealing with a divorce can be challenging, especially when finances are involved. Many couples realize that separation is inevitable and are prepared emotionally, yet aren't quite ready to handle the financial aspect of separation.

Student loan debt is a factor in many divorces

For couples divorcing in Georgia, it's not unusual for financial stress to be a factor that contributes to the split. One specific issue that's becoming increasingly common among divorcing couples is student loan debt, according to results from a study conducted by a debt management website. Student loan borrowers carry an average balance of just over $34,000. However, this amount may soon be closer to $40,000 based on recent trends.

Navigating divorce can be tricky for blended families

With high divorce rates, blended families are a reality. Second marriages, particularly those that involve children from a prior relationship, have an even higher rate of divorce. Some outlets report that the rate of failed marriages the second time around is 60 percent or higher. 

Divorce can be a time of financial surprises

The financial aspects of a divorce can come as a surprise for people in Georgia who come to the decision to end their marriages. The process can shine a harsh light on marital finances, and many people may discover things of which they were previously unaware. In one study of 1,785 divorced or divorcing women, 46 percent of respondents said that they faced some type of financial shock during the process.

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