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Seek emotional support during divorce if necessary

It is not unusual for the self-confidence levels of people in the throes of divorce to take a sudden dip. Second guessing one's decisions can become commonplace. Below are a few questions to ask yourself to keep you focused on making the right choices.

-- Are my decisions fact-based or dictated by emotion, resentment or fear?

-- Am I able to retain perspective on these events, knowing that they are only transitory elements of an otherwise positive life?

-- Am I actively maintaining my physical, emotional and mental health?

-- Am I doing all that I can now to ensure a strong foundation for my and my children's future?

-- Am I choosing divorce as a last resort, having exhausted all other options, and am at peace with this decision?

-- Am I listening to my children and responding appropriately to their needs?

-- Despite my own feelings, have I done all that I could to keep my children's relationship with their other parent positive and ongoing?

-- Do I have a viable plan for my family's future in place?

-- Do I forgive myself for my shortcomings and give myself permission to fall short of perfection?

-- Have I acknowledged the changes that I need to make to have a better life for myself and my kids?

Keep in mind that it is perfectly normal for a divorce to temporarily take the wind out of your sails. Use this downtime to work on areas of your own life that can use improvement. If you discover that you lack the coping skills to successfully transition to a better life, ask your family law attorney for a referral to a counselor.

Source: Huffington Post, "10 Questions to Ask Yourself Through a Divorce," Debbie Martinez, M.A., Oct. 01, 2015

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