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When severe stress enters our world, our decision-making capabilities can sometimes fall by the wayside. Divorce can be one of life's most stressful events. However, with the right information the process does not have to be so daunting.

Once one spouse or both spouses have decided that a divorce is necessary, there are several psychological steps that can be taken to reduce emotional stress. It is important seek out a friend or psychological professional to vent to, so as not to be tempted to let out frustrations on the former spouse. Also, do not spend time analyzing the reasons for the divorce or what a spouse is presently doing. This can be an emotional roller coaster. The focus should not be on the ex-spouse, not on yourself.

family law issues that can arise from a divorce. After the petitioning spouse serves the respondent spouse with the divorce petition, an answer must be filed within a certain timeframe. It is very important to respond in a timely fashion to avoid a default divorce. A default divorce can create financial and child custody issues. In a default divorce, a judge will assume that the terms the petitioner spouse set forth in the original petition are being accepted by the respondent spouse.

Divorce can be a challenging process. However by being proactive and focusing in on a few key areas, the process can become much less stressful.

Source: The Huffington Post, "10 Tips For Surviving The Aftermath Of Your Spouse Asking For a Divorce," March 2, 2013

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