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How to survive a divorce

As Arizona readers who have been through it know, divorce can be a difficult experience for everyone involved. It represents the loss of a partner, possibly a co-parent and all the future hopes and plans spouses may have had for their marriage. Facing this can bring stress and depression, but analysts say there are ways to make the process more tolerable.

First of all, it's important not to go through divorce alone. It's better to turn to friends and family for comfort and support. Next, those going through a divorce may find it helpful to talk with a therapist. While friends and family are invaluable, a therapist can offer objective advice on processing feelings. In the meantime, it may be helpful for a soon-to-be ex to go out, be social and make new memories.

On the practical side, divorce can create new and unexpected financial challenges. That's why a divorcee might benefit from speaking with a financial advisor. It may also be helpful to start an exercise program, which can relieve stress, release mood-enhancing endorphins and help process thoughts and feelings. Analysts also recommend that divorcing individuals learn to focus on important things like their children, grandchildren or career, learn to embrace uncertainty, be patient and try to view their life with gratitude. This can help alleviate resentment and make moving forward easier.

Arizona residents facing the end of the marriage could also turn to a family law attorney for help and advice. Legal counsel could represent a spouse's interests throughout all divorce proceedings and help negotiate favorable agreements on various divorce legal issues, including property division, child custody and more.

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