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Decade-long divorce doesn't seem to have a finish line

When a divorce occurs, there is going to be some acrimony and some anger. It is just a natural part of the process, even when the divorce may occur under collaborative or amicable circumstances. With that said, some splitting spouses are able to cope with this anger in a constructive way, pushing through it for the betterment of themselves and their family. Other splitting couples, however, go to the opposite end of that spectrum and undergo a lengthy, litigation-filled divorce that causes them immeasurable amounts of stress.

Still, there are the rare few cases that even blow such circumstances out of the water. Take the case of a Connecticut couple as an example -- their story is so extreme, Springfield residents will hardly be able to believe it.

A woman and her husband filed for divorce in 2003 after the husband claimed their relationship had "broken down irretrievably." It appeared things would be resolved in 2005; but an amazing of legal action (about 600 rulings and motions so far) has drawn out the divorce until the present day. And, maybe not so shockingly, the divorce shows no signs of ending. The couples are battling over finances and their children.

There are a couple of things to take away from this story. The first is that divorce does not have to be this way. If you and your spouse can act in a civil manner and have good-faith negotiations together on your divorce agreement, the process can be expedited and everyone can move on to a new chapter of their lives -- hopefully a happier one.

The other crucial aspect to this story is children of divorce. Mounting evidence shows it is best for children to see, and ahve a relationship with, both of their divorced parents. If you and your spouse seek a divorce, remember to keep that in mind. Try and work out a good schedule for shared custody, and refrain from making negative comments about your ex-spouse.

Source: Associated Press, "No end in sight for 10-year-old divorce case," Dave Collins, Sept. 8, 2013

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