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Minimizing the emotional roller coaster of a Pennsylvania divorce

Making the decision to divorce can sometimes feel like deciding to wade through a cage full of wild dogs. However, it does not have to be that way. Many Pennsylvania couples feel as if they are powerless through the divorce process, but the opposite is true.

Each party has to decide for him- or herself how the divorce will progress. If one or both parties fight the divorce and hold things up by arguing over everything, the divorce will take a lot of time, money and energy. In the end, it is rare that either party walks away satisfied under those circumstances. Therefore, refusing to make everything a battle could move things along more quickly, which is good for everyone involved.

One of the major stressors in a divorce is that it feels all-consuming. This can be confronted by taking time to go somewhere and do something outside of the normal routine that has nothing to do with the divorce. Stepping away can provide some much-needed perspective, which could keep settlement negotiations on the right track before they degrade into acrimony. The divorce process is temporary, and it will be over at some point. How long it takes and how it ends depends on the parties.

No magic solution exists for every Pennsylvania resident going through a divorce. However, any activity or train of thought that allows the parties to get off the emotional roller coaster in a positive way is worth a try. The divorce settlement is more about how the parties will start their separate lives than it is about punishing each other for the past. When the parties are able to see that, a settlement should be easier to reach.

Source: The Huffington Post, "5 Tips to Keeping Your Sanity in the Divorce Process", Debbie Burgin, June 20, 2014

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