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Communication before divorce may ease transition

Couples considering marriage may have long conversations during which they share their hopes and fears about the future. Psychologists and other marriage experts suggest the same thing should happen when a West Virginia couple decides to divorce. Since divorce can bring many life-long challenges, it is wise to enter the process fully prepared, both emotionally and practically.

It is assumed that a couple has done everything possible to save the marriage, but counselors say spouses may not ask the right questions to get to the heart of the matter. Often, a gap in communication leads to years of frustration and resentment if one spouse does not clearly articulate his or her needs and the other does not fully listen. This may lead to misunderstandings, including those about the role each spouse is supposed to play in the family. Therapists recommend couples examine every action both spouses may be able to take to save the marriage.

Additionally, life after divorce involves significant change. A spouse who relied on a partner to do the laundry, pay the bills or mow the grass may now find him or herself responsible for everything. A person's financial life also significantly changes post-divorce, and many are not ready for that. Changes for the children are frequently a high priority for coupes considering a divorce, and couples would be wise to discuss ways to minimize the negative effect the divorce will have on the kids.

These are only a few of the conversation topics a couple may broach before beginning divorce proceedings. West Virginia couples may find these honest conversations allow them to resolve some of their issues. However, chances are that communication problems are one major factor in the breakdown of the marriage. If this is the case, the assistance of a family law attorney will be invaluable for protecting a divorcing spouse's best interests.

Source: The New York Times, "11 Questions to Ask Before Getting a Divorce", Eric V. Copage, Accessed on Oct. 28, 2017

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