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How do divorcing couples get through the holidays?

The holiday season is supposed to be a time of joy while spending time with family and friends. But, for those who are in the process of a divorce, their world may be turned upside down and the holidays may bring out feelings of loneliness, resentment and jealousy towards all the other happy families enjoying the holidays. These emotions may even spill out into the divorce and decision making process.

It is not uncommon for divorcing couples to let their emotions take over while dealing with issues and decisions regarding all aspects of divorce, whether it is child custody or child support, spousal support or even property division. While advice from family and friends is well-intentioned, it is important to understand that every situation and divorce is different; what worked for one person may not necessarily work in your situation.

For divorcing couples unable to work together and make mutually agreeable decisions regarding different aspects of divorce, there are alternatives to taking your soon-to-be ex-spouse to court. Mediation is one alternative dispute resolution that may work for you. During a mediation, a neutral third-party will explore and examine both sides of all aspects of a divorce to try to find a common ground between both parties. These opinions and decisions may be extremely helpful in finding a resolution for the disagreements.

It is important to understand and recognize that both sides have individual wants, needs and rights when it comes to divorce. Understanding the other side, and trying to perceive things from their point of view, may be helpful in finding a mutually beneficial decision. And, coming up with satisfactory solutions on both sides will only help improve your mood so you can enjoy the holidays as you should.

Source: findlaw.com, "What is Mediation?" Accessed Nov. 29, 2016

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