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Deciding to divorce is always fraught with an array of emotions. The first few days and weeks  can be especially tough After all,  beginning the journey of navigating through uncharted waters is scary. Unsure as to where to turn or what to do we often become overwhelmed and stressed. Here are some suggestions to get through those tough first day and  weeks.  

1.Come to terms with what is happening in your life:  No one enters a marriage expecting it to come to an end, so when it does, it is always difficult and unexpected. Take the time you need to understand your emotions and felling. It is easier  to make sound rational decisions when we are emotionally strong.  

2.Take stock of where you are legally and financially:  in order to move forward into the future you must understand your present. Ascertain your income and expenses.  Determine how you will support yourself and your family during the  divorce process. Get a handle on debt.    

3.Educate yourself about legal rights and responsibilities:  the divorce process is a legal process.  Spend some time researching what your legal rights are.  Don't assume.  Many law firms have websites that offer information, explore the sites of lawyers in your state. There are also many great divorce books available.  You can never have too much knowledge.  

4. Put together your support team:  divorce is going to be tough, you will need and want to surround yourself with people who can help you through. Start by taking inventory of your friends and family. Remember those closest to you want to help and support you, let them.  Don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it. If you feel you need professional help, consider a divorce life coach  and or a therapist.  

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Laurie Giles, is an attorney, mediator, life coach and speaker. She has practiced law for more than 20 years and is the author of the What Now? Elder Planning: a Step By Step Guide To Navigating Through Your Parents Aging and What Now? Divorce Planning; A Step By Step Guide to Navigating Through Your Divorce. The What Now? book and workbook series help women navigate through the practicalities of life altering situations and develop a plan to create the life they deserve. She is the host of a weekly internet radio show, What Now? heard each tuesday on [Link Removed] /


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