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Do these things when approaching the subject of divorce

You'll face many difficult situations throughout your life. If you ever find yourself discussing divorce with your spouse, you'll soon realize that this is extremely challenging.

Here are some steps to take when approaching the subject of divorce with your spouse:

-- Be prepared for anything and everything. You never know how the conversation will unfold, so you should be prepared for both the good and the bad.

-- Do it at the right time, in the right place. For example, you shouldn't ask your spouse for a divorce at the dinner table with your children sitting there. Along with this, make sure you're in a calm place when it comes time to have the conversation.

-- Be gentle. The way you ask for divorce will impact the immediate future, including how the process moves forward. If you're nasty, you can expect a fight every step of the way. If you're gentle, however, it may make things a bit easier for both parties.

-- Leave the details for the future. Just because you're discussing divorce doesn't mean you have to get into details regarding child support, child custody and alimony. There is time in the future to figure this out.

Nobody dreams of discussing divorce with their spouse, but you could find yourself in this position at some point down the road. If you do, it's essential to do what's best for you, the other person and the situation as a whole.

Remember, the steps you take now will have a lot to say about how the divorce process unwinds in the months to come.

Source: The Huffington Post, "The Best Way to Ask Your Spouse for a Divorce," accessed Dec. 12, 2016

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