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Ten step guide to making divorce easier

Here are 10 things you can do to help you get through a divorce:

1.    Accept that the marriage is now over; try to move on so you can take care of the practical issues concerning divorce.

2.    Do not blame yourself or your ex-partner. Circumstances can make things change and both could be at fault. Do not be hard on yourself over it.

3.    Tell your children the good qualities that your ex-partner has; do not criticise your ex-partner to your friends. That is unhealthy for both you and your family.

4.    Do not go "all guns blazing" into court, especially if you have children, because it is your children's best interests that matter most.

5.    Prepare yourself financially. Understand the assets and liabilities you have and gather information and documentation.

6.    Distract yourself with a new hobby if need be; this is a great time to fight the negative in your life with some positive.

7.    Use a professional and expert family lawyer. Although you do not want to create any delay, you want to settle this fairly.

8.    Expect anything and everything from your ex-partner, so be prepared and be strong.

9.    If your ex-partner suddenly becomes licentious, do not react, especially in front of your children. Conflicts die out; ensure you defend yourself fairly.

10.  An important point to note is that divorce is nowhere near the end. It is in fact a new beginning, so treat it like one.

Divorce can be a painful and even lonely experience. That's why it's important to get professional legal guidance from a family lawyer who can help you deal with the situation, with the sensitivity required.

There are a range of options available for those who have decided to divorce but have a limited budget; ask about our Fixed Fees or DIY Divorce. Call Doncaster 01302 320621 or email

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