I Know I Have to Leave – Now What?

Highlighting Chelea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky’s wedding, our blog last week focused on tips to help overcome the inevitable conflicts that couples face in a marriage. But what happens when nothing is working and divorce seems to be the best alternative?

Woman adjusting wedding ring, mid section (focus on hands)

Edie Sangiorgio, a certified divorce mediator, has been working with couples to “transform a failed marriage into a successful divorce.” The author of Divorce Vows – Before & Beyond the Decree, Edie is our guest blogger for this week. Learn more about her book on her website, Divorce Vows.

Here’s Edie’s post for today:

“So you’ve come to conclusion that you need to leave your spouse. You’ve gone to the depths of your soul and every time you ask the question ‘should I stay or should I go?’ your gut screams, ‘leave.’ You are very clear why you and your spouse were together and that the legal marriage has served its purpose. You know that it is in the best interest for your family if you and your spouse divorce and live separate lives as you tend to the needs of the family.

Okay. Clarity of direction is step one. Now what? You know you want the divorce to go as smoothly as possible but you’re not sure how to make that happen. Your next step should be to attend to your own attitude and get yourself as centered as you can and strengthen your core. More than you realize your attitude and your inner strength will have a lot of influence over the divorce process. But it is up to you to state your intentions. Divorce is hardly ever easy but many make it so much more difficult on themselves because they have not mentally, emotionally, or spiritually prepared themselves.”

Be sure to check back with us again on Wednesday when Edie will be posting some questions to ask yourself before you begin any divorce negotiations. And if your marriage is feeling the effects of the downturn in the economy, visit our website, Her Mentor Center, for information about our recent ebook, Weathering the Financial Storm: Practical Strategies for Success, available to download in PDF format.

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