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Dealing with divorce

It's rare for a person walking down the aisle in their wedding ceremony to think about the fact that they might one day walk into an Anne Arundel County courthouse to end their marriage.

Regardless of how often those thoughts enter a marrying person's mind, the fact is that more than 1 out of 5 marriages end in divorce within 5 years and nearly half of all marriages come to a halt by the 20th year. Though virtually all of those divorces are emotionally difficult, there are things you can do when facing the end of your marriage to reduce pain and stress.

The American Psychological Association says that cooperation and communication are key to easing the difficulties of divorce. The group acknowledges the few people who are entering the legal process of divorce are eager to sit down and talk with their soon-to-be ex, but that sort of communication can help defuse some of the emotions you feel.

If face-to-face discussions are too difficult, you might consider going over matters in email, the group says.

While divorce is difficult on the two spouses, it can be even more traumatic for children involved. The association urges parents to try to keep their conflicts away from their kids, and to keep their lines of communication open.

After all, though parents divorce, they will remain tied to their children for life. Those ties link them to their former spouse as well.

A Glen Burnie family law attorney experienced in resolving child custody disputes can help you protect your children's best interests while also safeguarding your parental rights.

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