Very few people have said
divorce is easy, a piece of cake. But it can be easier than you think. After handling
countless divorce filings on behalf of our clients, we have provided a
list of six lessons that every divorcing couple needs to learn.
1. No marriage is perfect.
There is no such thing as a perfect marriage. Even if a marriage looks
“perfect” on the outside, even if a couple earns six figures
and has movie star good looks, they still have their own issues behind
closed doors. Everybody’s marriage is vulnerable and prone to cracking
under the pressures of everyday life – kids, work, relatives, illness,
money problems and
It’s what you’re feeling on the inside that counts. If your
marriage appears “perfect” to everybody on the outside, but
you feel terrible on the inside, listen to your feelings. Don’t
let other people make assumptions about the health of your relationship
with your spouse.
2. Second and third marriages are at a higher risk.
According to the
American Psychological Association, “about 40 to 50 percent of married couples in the United States
divorce. The divorce rate for subsequent marriages is even higher.”
When people get divorced, they can idealize their new partner while ignoring
the obvious red flags, which can make for a rocky start in a second marriage.
If a divorcée fails to resolve the problems that occurred in their
first marriage, they will likely reappear in the second marriage –
causing old issues to resurface with equal force.
3. Keep the details of your divorce quiet.
If you get a divorce, take steps to keep the details quiet. You may not
be getting media attention like Brangelina, but from neighbors to coworkers
to distant relatives – there will be no shortage of people trying
to dig up information (or dirt). Don’t air your divorce on
social media and with your spouse, create a short statement about the split: “We
are getting a divorce and we appreciate your respect for our privacy during
this difficult time.” You may be pressed, but don’t provide
4. Hire a good divorce attorney.
A good divorce lawyer will be concerned for your well-being, driving the
costs down and keeping your case out of court. Such an attorney will help
you achieve an amicable,
no-fault divorce which will provide you with a fair and reasonablesettlement, not a deep hole in your wallet.
5. Shield your children from conflict.
Please, shield your children from parental conflict. Even if they are
teenagers, they don’t need to know the reasons behind your split.
Reassure your kids that you love them and don’t let their childhood
be robbed – spare them the unnecessary details.
6. Accept your co-parenting journey.
If you have children together, your relationship is far from over. You
must accept the fact that you have a long co-parenting journey ahead.
The best way to make this work is to embrace co-parenting and to put the
children’s need above yours. This is going to take a healthy dose
of flexibility, mutual respect and compromise. If you feel like you need
help in this department, you and your former spouse can get therapy together
to help you both evolve in your new role as co-parents.
“Successful Co-Parenting After Divorce.”
We hope this information serves you well. If you’re looking for a
Pennsylvania no-fault divorce attorney,
contact our firm to learn about our
low-cost divorce services.