Deciding to split from your spouse is the first step in ending your marriage. Once you’ve reached this point, it’s important to know what’s on the horizon. Before you can begin living it up as a single guy or gal, there are certain steps you need to take. If you’re ready to take action, follow these 11 pro tips to ensure as smooth a process as possible.
1. Monitor your children’s behavior
Of course, children are the biggest concern for most parents, and it’s imperative a child’s well-being is closely monitored throughout it all. And don’t just go by what they say, as kids aren’t always eager to tell you exactly how they feel. “Children feel a sense of responsibility for the breakup no matter how much the parents state it wasn’t about them,” Leslie M. W. Doares, marriage and family therapist, told Woman’s Day. In turn, kids may start acting out. To combat this, it’s important to be open and honest with the entire family. Give your kids a chance to discuss the situation, and encourage them to process their feelings with you or a therapist.