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Divorces can be an emotionally devastating time, and while the decision to separate is sometimes a mutual decision, in some instances one of the spouses is blind sighted. When children are involved the divorce can be especially difficult. On top of trying to figure out the division of assets and financial situations that come along with any divorce and moving on with divorce recovery, the separating couple must also be aware of how the children are coping with the split.

The high incidence of divorce in the U.S., a reported one out of two marriages ending in divorce, makes divorce recovery a high priority. Since the subject of divorce often overlaps various religious beliefs, different churches and spiritual centers often have divorce recovery programs and groups to help get through the emotional stages of the separation, as well as to offer healing and support. Everybody copes with separation differently, but it is important to understand the positive impact a support group can have and that divorce recovery does not have to occur alone.

Unknowingly, spouses can rely on their children during difficult times, but the parent should not place the burden of their own personal divorce recovery on them. Like adults, children cope with divorce recovery in their own way, and adults should respect their emotional process by making sure they know they have access to a support system as well. Divorce recovery programs are also available for children. According to studies, children from single-parent homes more often live in poverty, suffer from behavior problems and do not do as well in school.

The road to divorce recovery can be long, but failing to work through the difficult emotions can be destructive in the long-term. Divorce rates peaked in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and some experts believe that some of the explanation for the increase was that it was, in some ways, a self-fulfilling prophecy fueled by the expectation that marriages inevitably end in divorce. Because broken marriages have such an impact on social environments and create financial consequences, in addition to deeply impacting children, the federal government has set aside tens of millions of dollars since 2002 to study and promote marriage in state initiatives.

Some experts believe that as more people realize the divorce rates have leveled out, or even begun to fall in recent years that it could also lead to a self-fulfilling prophecy in the other direction. Divorce recovery can be achieved in different ways, but divorce is an emotionally charged process that can take a long time to work through. In order to help ease the pain that can accompany divorce recovery, different divorce processes have been implemented, including trying cooperative or collaborative divorce, as well as other methods.

Experienced divorce attorneys are able to handle all the details involved with divorce recovery so that the couple or family can move on as quickly as possible.

If you would like to consult with a divorce attorney and learn more nformation on divorce recovery, please contact us.

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