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Your divorce doesn't need to be a battle

People often think of divorce as if it is a battle, with one spouse squaring off against the other. They think that someone has to "win" the divorce. This can make the process much more stressful, though, which is why experts say you shouldn't think of your divorce on these terms if you want it to go smoothly.

Two things that these experts often note are important are communication and cooperation. If you and your ex are able to work together and come to mutual agreements about many points in the divorce, you can iron out a lot of potential arguments before they happen. This can save you time. Even if you disagree, communication at least means that the two of you know where you each stand, which can help lead to a resolution.

It's also important to think about your kids. Research has shown that a low-conflict divorce is best for them. Remember that their interests need to come first, to help them adjust to this new family unit. If you keep them as the focus, it can help to make things go easily.

At the same time, though, you need to focus on yourself and taking care of yourself. Make sure you eat well, and don't eat too little or too much. Get physical exercise. Make time for things you enjoy. Don't neglect yourself, or you'll just get burned out more quickly.

If you look at your divorce not as a battle but as a legal step that must be taken to better your life and the lives of your kids, you can avoid common pitfalls and move on with your life in North Carolina quickly.

Source: APA, "Healthy Divorce," accessed Sep. 30, 2016

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