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Steps to take after your spouse tells you they want a divorce

You knew your marriage wasn't perfect, but you never thought it was so bad that your spouse would want to end it. However, that's exactly what happened. Your spouse sat you down and told you that they wanted to get divorced.

What now? It's not something you saw coming. It's not something you planned for. How are you supposed to move forward? To help you, here are a few key steps to take:

  • Remember that things will eventually feel okay again. Nothing is forever. It's hard to think past the present moment, but in five or 10 years this will just be something that happened to you a long time ago.
  • Get a support system. You may want to meet with a therapist. At the very least, you do want to talk to close friends and family members. You do not have to go through all of this alone.
  • Don't take things to social media. Do not stalk your spouse. Do not try to read their messages. Do not post about the divorce, especially when feeling angry.
  • Focus on the other parts of your life. Invest yourself in your friends or your hobbies. If you have kids, remember that they come first and spend time with them. Do not dwell on the divorce constantly, or the whole situation ends up feeling far more overwhelming than it really is.

Above all else, take some time to look into all of your legal rights during a divorce. If you have never gone through a divorce before, you need to know what steps to take and how to protect those rights.

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