You can have a friendly divorce with your ex, if you work at it

People who are going through a divorce might automatically assume that they are going to have to fight tooth and nail for everything that they want or need. This isn't necessarily how things have to be. If you and your ex are willing to put forth an effort, it might be possible to have a friendly divorce.

There are some instances in which a marriage just isn't working. You and your ex might agree on this and decide that it is time to end the marriage. In this case, it might be a bit easier for you and your ex to behave amicably toward each other.

You might be surprised at how much stress you will lose if you and your ex can get along. This could help your children if you have some with your ex. In fact, it might help you out too since you and your ex could still present a united front as parents.

Oftentimes, the strife in a divorce is caused by the frustrations that are present. You might be able to calm things down in the divorce if you are able to work past the frustrations. Just remember that you and your ex have the same goal at this point -- to work through the process necessary to end the marriage.

Some issues might be more difficult to resolve, especially if you and your ex don't see eye-to-eye on the issues at hand. Thinking carefully about the options and making lists about how each option will impact you might help you as you try to hash these out with your ex.

Source: Our Family Wizard, "A Friendly Divorce: Is It Possible?," accessed Sep. 29, 2017

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