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Relieving stress can help individuals cope with divorce

The ways in which people deal with certain matters in life are different for everyone. Even if Utah residents are going through similar ordeals, such as divorce, the emotional impacts and other effects of the process are not the same for everyone. As a result, it can be difficult for some people to find ways to cope with such a significant change.

As with most scenarios that deal with major upheaval in life, it is often wise to take everything slowly. It can feel as if a lot is happening at once, but taking matters one day at a time could help lessen those overwhelming feelings many people feel during a divorce. It can be easy to start thinking about the future and wondering what will happen, but staying in the moment may help.

Worried about protecting your financial interests in divorce?

If you're among other Utah residents who recently filed for divorce, you're no doubt working hard to lay the groundwork for a new future. If you have children, their well-being is likely at the top of your list of priorities. You and your ex can hopefully agree to peacefully negotiate all issues that pertain to your co-parenting relationship.

Divorce prompts the need to resolve other issues as well. In addition to child custody, you may have to settle issues regarding alimony or property division, among other things. Property division in particular can be highly stressful, especially if you suspect that your spouse is trying to beat the system by hiding assets. Knowing how to protect your financial interests is a key factor toward providing for your family and accomplishing your goals.

The right information is vital during divorce preparations

When a major life change takes place, it can be difficult to know the best way to handle it. For example, Utah residents going through divorce may not know how to prepare for the impacts the change could have. Fortunately, there are many preparation options that interested parties could take advantage of.

One important area to focus preparations is finances. Ending a marriage can cause a lot of financial changes, and it may be a smart move to reduce expenses at least until individuals can determine what their financial future will look like. Creating a budget could help manage the expenses associated with the divorce and ensure that there are funds available for necessities. This type of preparation could also help parties determine what assets they may feel more inclined to fight for during property division proceedings.

Is living together during divorce possible?

When relationships go downhill, it can be difficult for married couples to be around each other. However, even after making the decision to divorce, some individuals may still have to share a home until other arrangements can be made. This can seem stressful, so Utah residents facing this type of scenario may want to consider their options for making the best of an awkward ordeal.

First, it is important to set boundaries. These boundaries can be whatever the individuals deem appropriate for keeping themselves healthy and to prevent them from simply backsliding into negative behaviors relating to their ending relationships. Some examples could include sleeping in separate bedrooms, keeping to different parts of the home, and setting up times when each person could use a certain area of the house, like the kitchen.

Is child custody easier when only one parent makes decisions?

When parents divorce, the issue of custody can play a major part in the process. Some Utah parents may think that seeking sole physical custody would be best for their child custody arrangements, and in many cases with this outcome, both parents often maintain legal custody, meaning they can both make decisions for the children. However, it is possible for some parents to want sole legal custody.

As with any type of custody arrangement, sole legal custody can have its upsides and downsides. When it comes to the benefits, the custodial parent may feel better able to make decisions for the children because he or she does not have to have a discussion with the other parent first. The parents may also have less conflict because they do not have to communicate as often.

It is not easy to know how long divorce will take

When ending a marriage, having more than a little patience is often required. After all, the legal process associated with divorce can have many hoops to jump through, and Utah residents going through these proceedings often have to wait on paperwork to be processed and other details that are outside of their control. Still, individuals may wonder how long their cases will take.

Of course, the answer to that question is that it depends on the circumstances. State laws, specific details of the negotiations and court order, whether children are involved, and other factors unique to each case will influence how long a case actually takes. For some parties who can agree on most aspects and do not spend much time fighting, the process may go relatively quickly. For those who face conflict around every turn, a lengthy process is likely.

Making sure your parenting plan will work long-term

As a parent, one of the most important things you can do during a divorce is to work for a custody and parenting plan that protects your children's best interests above all else. Divorce is difficult, and it's not always easy to work with the other parent on matters that will affect your relationship with your kids. It is in the interests of every member of your family to have a parenting plan that makes sense long-term.

When creating a parenting plan, it is smart to think beyond how you feel in the moment or what makes sense for today. This means considering your kids' needs, your co-parent's abilities and other factors that will affect your family. When you have the right things in your parenting plan, it will lead to more stability and a lower chance of continued disputes in the future.

Divorce can be frustrating but focus can help

Ending a marriage is often one of the biggest decisions a person makes in life. It is not unusual for individuals to be married for decades before having to decide whether disentangling their lives from their spouse is worth their future happiness. Many people in Utah and across the country do decide that divorce is worth it, but of course, the process can be difficult.

For some people, it can feel as if their divorce is not making much headway. They may have days where they feel like some aspects of the situation have moved forward only to feel as if other obstacles have popped up. This can certainly be frustrating, but it can be helpful to focus on goals and knowing that the process will come to an end.

Personal considerations play a role in gray divorce

Every relationship is different and so is every person. Each Utah resident has a different mindset when it comes to marriage and ending a marriage and how to approach either. Some people may try to work through their marital problems as best as possible, and others may understand when its time to move on. In either case, older individuals could end up going through a gray divorce.

These days, when individuals 50 or older end their marriage, the process is known as gray divorce. In the last 25 years, the number of older couples choosing to divorce has tripled according to recent reports. Having longer lives, greater financial independence by both spouses, less stigma surrounding divorce and other factors are believed to have contributed to this increase in divorce among older couples.

Women are more likely to file for divorce

Gender inequality has been an issue that people, namely women, have dealt with in various aspects of their lives. From work to home life, many women in Utah and across the country may feel imbalances that leave them less than satisfied with their lives. When this dissatisfaction arises in marriages, it may be women initiating divorce proceedings.

A recent report indicated that it is becoming more prominent for women to file for divorce rather than men. The reasons for this can be many, but one reason in particular is that women are less likely to tolerate bad behaviors in a relationship these days. Rather than feeling as if they must stay in the marriage despite a cheating husband or despite abusive tendencies, more women are leaving those relationships because they do not feel dependent on their husband.

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