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Illinois divorce attorneyThe end of a marriage is more than just a change in relationship status. When spouses divorce, they must not only go through the complex process of dividing their property, separating their finances, finding new living arrangements, and determining how to share parental responsibilities and parenting time, but they will also need to let go of their plans for a long-term relationship with their partner and learn how to move on to an unexpected new phase of their life.

Divorce is a tough time for everyone involved, but while parents often focus on providing emotional support for their children during this difficult time, they need to take care of themselves as well.

The Effects of Divorce on Fathers

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Illinois divorce lawyer, Illinois family law attorneyAgainst all odds, the current divorce rate in the United States has significantly dropped for the third subsequent year. Actually, the percentage of couples dissolving a marriage has reached its lowest point in nearly 40 years but the news certainly does not lessen the stinging emotions of wanting to help a friend in need whose marriage is on the downswing. For those beginning the journey through the divorce process, they often find themselves riddled with guilt, emotional pain and very overwhelmed. They confront safeguarding their children, their families, their self-esteem, their financial future and navigating the legalities of dissolving a marriage. Needless to say, the overall process can be daunting but if you consider yourself a true friend there are ways to help.

The Art of Listening

Even though you may believe you are truly listening, chances are you are not totally in tune with your friend’s emotions. Divorce can be compared to a death and at this time do not simply agree with your friend’s feelings and observations of the marriage gone wrong but just lend a shoulder, listen and acknowledge their emotions but most importantly, stop talking.

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Illinois divorce lawyer, Illinois family law attorneyAlthough the divorce rate of American couples still hovers between 40 to 50 percent, Psychology Today contributor and author, Wendy Paris takes a constructive look at how both the laws and customs over the past 40 years have eased the implications of divorce for many. As addressed in her 2016 book, "Splitopia: Dispatches from Today’s Good Divorce and How to Part Well," Paris reviews her top seven principles of adopting a positive set of parting principles to steer safely through the divorce process.

Following is a summary of these principles which may assist those currently facing the challenges of divorce:

Principle 1: Commit to Self-Compassion

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