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Being realistic will help you during your divorce

With any divorce, it can be hard to know how to handle the situation. You want what's best for yourself in the future, but you don't necessarily want to do it at your ex-partner's expense. Even if you both want to go your separate ways, it doesn't mean there's animosity or hatred between you.

Even if you have high expectations of how you'll be treated during the divorce, it's important to manage them and be realistic. Having a realistic approach to the divorce means you'll have fewer surprises and perhaps even a few happy surprises when you come to a final settlement agreement.

One thing it's important to avoid is taking "second-hand" advice. Yes, your friends or parents may have gone through a divorce, but your situation is not the same. You may live in a different state, have different assets or have different things to consider during your divorce. You and your spouse might not be angry at one another and both be willing to work together for the benefit of the other party, unlike someone who is in a hateful divorce.

Don't let other people taint your vision of your divorce. Look at what's in front of you, your assets and debts, and get realistic. Know that if your spouse only makes $5,000 a month, they're not going to be able to pay alimony of $2,500 or more. By managing your expectations now, you'll be in a better position to negotiate and work out a plan that really does work for you and your spouse in the long run. Our site has more on what to expect when you divorce.

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