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Facing challenging life transitions can be overwhelming and stressful. For many people two of the most difficult transitions are divorce and becoming an empty nester. For some, particularly those who have remained in a marriage "for the sake of the children" empting nest is often the ending of the marriage.  Imagine the stress and pain of facing these transitions at the same time. So how do you get through? One day at a time;  step by step.
First, step back and take time to deal with the multitude of emotions you are likely experiencing. Having mixed feelings about your nest being empty is to be expected. Most of us do. It is also normal and perfectly acceptable to mourn the end of your marriage, even if you are the one who has made the decision to terminate the marriage. Reach out to friends for support. If you are having an especially difficult time, seek outside help from either life coach or therapist. Your feelings are yours and it is ok to have them.
Next; figure out your current financial and legal situations. Protect yourself, your family and your assets from financial or legal destruction. Know your rights.
Once you have figured out the here and now, consider the future. What do you need and want legally and financially to ensure a happy and productive futures. Determine what is really important. It's time to set new personal life priorities.
Finally, realize that becoming a single empty nester does not signify end of your life.  To the contrary, it can and should be the start of a whole new life chapter.  Now is your time.  Time to finally do some of the things you have been putting off because of family obligations. Go back and finish that degree, or start college for the first time, write that novel, try a new hobby. This is a great time to rediscover and redefine you.  

Laurie Giles  

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