Initiating the trial separation requires planning. The classic packing of bags and the “I’m leaving you because I need time to myself” is too sudden an announcement. Couples must agree to a trial separation calmly, intelligently and sincerely.
The thing is, that regardless of how parents feel about one another – they have to do their best to avoid being caught in the custody trap that causes them to play tug of war, with their children being the ones raked over the mud pile. This is especially true when it comes to visitation.
Your friends and family might be quick to suggest you forget about your ex by starting to date quite soon after the split. But are they right? While they’ve got your best interests at heart, only you know your true state of mind.
One of the more popular ways that couples today are sharing custody, is trading off every other holiday and allowing kids to live with one parent for one week at a time, switching on Fridays.
Living in today’s world, one can only be realistic in knowing that despite the best of efforts, sometimes families fall apart. And when they do, and parents divorce – it is often the children that are left to clean up the pieces of the life they knew and rebuild.
One thing that is for sure is if the end to the relationship is due to physical or emotional abuse, staying together for the sake of money is NOT an option. In this case, you should explore ALL and EVERY option that you have available to you.
So here it is! The ‘ultimate guide’ (and yes the term ultimate is used lightly here) to the pros and cons of divorce. In the interest of positive thinking, let’s start with the pros!
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Jousline Savra is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist who has offices in Pasadena and Sherman Oaks, in Southern California.
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