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Several emotional phases lead up to divorce

Couples in California naturally look forward to staying married long term after their wedding days. However, sometimes, divorce happens due to irreconcilable differences between two spouses. Here is a look at how people who are going through divorce can make the process less stressful for them from the start.

First, it can be helpful to recognize the various emotional phases that lead up to divorce, ranging from denial to shock/anger, bargaining and depression. During the first phase, people find it hard to believe that their marriages are coming to an end. In the second phase, they begin to blame the other party for their marital failures and issues. During the third phase, people make an effort to save their marriages, and in the last phase, they may feel down about now saving their marital unions.

The divorce process typically begins between the second the third phase. This period can no doubt be challenging, as the two parties who are getting divorced struggle with mixed emotions and somehow have to relay their divorce decision to their children, if they have them. They also have to navigate the court system and the legal complexities that come with divorce.

The good news is that, if two divorcing individuals are willing to find common ground when dealing with issues like property division and child custody, their marital breakup does not have to be a hostile process. Instead, they may be able to arrive at a mutually satisfactory resolution outside of court. An attorney can provide a divorcing spouse with the guidance that he or she needs to pursue a fair and comprehensive divorce settlement in California.

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