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Figuring out how to survive after a divorce

When two spouses divorce in Marietta it is not just about going to court, receiving a divorce decree and moving into separate homes. There are months, if not years, of recovery ahead, as divorce is never easy. Although divorce in Georgia can be complicated and will require the assistance of an experienced family law attorney, there are many things that divorcé(e)s need to remember about life after a divorce.

One of the most important things to do -- and something that a family law attorney can help with -- is to re-establish control over one's finances. When many people in Georgia marry, they may merge their finances, creating joint savings, checking and credit accounts. This may also mean that only one person ever deals with the money, keeping the other spouse in the dark. Sadly, sometimes spouses will actively hide or try to alter their finances so that the other spouse will receive less in a divorce settlement. Finding out how much money you have, where that money is and whether a family law attorney will be necessary to uncover missing money is essential in a divorce.

In addition, it is important not to let your emotions control your actions during a divorce. No matter how much you may wish to make life for an ex difficult, it may come back to hurt you. It will only make you look bad with the family court judge, your friends and family, and your children, if you have them.

Finally, of course it is important to remember to take care of yourself. Divorce is hard and that means you should take the time to mourn, heal and do whatever else you need to move forward. Putting yourself first, no matter how selfish it may seem, is an essential way of getting through divorce.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Learning Curves: 14 Divorce Lessons Every Divorcee Should Know," Amira Young, March 29, 2013

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