Ending a marriage is a difficult and complex decision, especially if it is not your first time to walk through this process. Divorce is difficult no matter your history, but if you are facing this for the second time, you may be dealing with various conflicting emotions. While you could be experiencing sadness and other emotions that come with this process, you may also feel more confident knowing that you have already experienced this and that you have an understanding of what’s ahead.
Estimates suggest that almost half of all second marriages end by the 20-year mark. A second divorce is not a mark of failure, nor is it a sign that you will never find love in your future. However, at this point, it is in your interests to prepare for what is ahead and seek the best possible outcome to your current situation.
Preparing for your divorce
No two divorces are the same, but there are steps you can take that will allow you to seek the best possible outcome and face the future with confidence. As this is your second divorce, you may look for ways to make this choice as smooth and complication-free as possible. The following are ways that you may be able to accomplish that:
- Seek to be cooperative at every step. You may find it easier to do this by clearly communicating your needs and goals with the other party.
- Seek to put the best interests of the kids ahead of your own temporary emotions, focusing on what will make the most sense for them long-term.
- Take care of yourself, and do not feel bad about prioritizing your own needs and goals when it is appropriate.
- Consider seeking an out-of-court resolution to your divorce, avoiding the stress, cost and emotional investment of handling things through litigation.
A second Arizona divorce may not necessarily be easier, but you may feel more confident as you know what to expect. Like during your first divorce, there is benefit in seeking an outcome that will lay the foundation for your future success and allow you to move forward to your post-divorce future with confidence. No matter your relationship history, you will benefit from seeking guidance as you make important legal and financial decisions for your future.