A couple of weeks ago, we shared some tips for divorcing parents on how to successfully co-parent their children, even when the parents' relationship is rocky at best. In today's post, we will discuss something few divorcing parents look forward to: the conversation where you tell your children that Mom and Dad are getting a divorce.
If you and your spouse are experiencing significant marital challenges, you may be considering attending couples therapy. Couples therapy can be a very beneficial experience for you and/or your spouse. However, it is important to understand that simply because you are attending couples therapy, your marriage may still end in divorce.
If you and your spouse have opted to divorce, you are likely anything but indifferent towards the divorce process itself and you are likely anything but indifferent towards your spouse. The very thought of your spouse likely inspires intense emotions that may include sadness, anger, frustration, guilt and/or longing. The idea that your spouse inspires strong emotions within you is completely understandable. However, it may benefit you to opt for indifference towards your spouse in a specific way during the divorce process.
Imagine that a married couple, after years being together, starts to see some fractures in their relationship. Though they try to patch things up, the relationship just keeps getting worse and, eventually, they decide it is time to do something about it. Instead of immediately filing for divorce, the couple talks about their options. They are considering a legal separation as opposed to a divorce.
Divorce happens every day in the United States, and it seems like celebrity divorces are even more frequent (but only because they receive media attention). With celebrity divorce comes discussion about prenuptial agreements, infidelity, child support and all matter of other issues - legal and personal.