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The Sucker Punch
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The Sucker Punch

They come out of nowhere.  And we are never prepared for them. I call them sucker punches.  Divorce sucker punches; or the moments that unexpectedly take our breath away.  You know what I am talking about, because we all experience them.  They are waves of sadness, loss, loneliness and grief that are triggered by something completely unexpected. 

How To Move On From Your Divorce [EXPERT]
Don't let your divorce dictate the rest of your life!
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How To Move On From Your Divorce

Oh my god ... What happened? How did such devotion, harmony and bliss turn into disgust, bitterness and anger? Can you ever again look at this person the way you used to? Can you ever go back to the way it was? Has all this time together been wasted?

Vulnerability is Essential to Love
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Vulnerability is Essential to Love

Why is self worth necessary in order to be vulnerable? When we seek validation from others, we give away our power by letting them define our worth. If your worth depends on your partner’s validation, you won’t say what’s really on your mind and how you feel. You’ll censor your words and emotions in order to get your partner’s love, approval and acceptance.

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Life After Divorce: How To Move On

For most women the end of a marriage feels like starting life completely over from scratch. So although it might feel strange, divorce can ultimately become the “best, worst thing” that ever happens. And, armed with that mindset, life after divorce can signal a new beginning. One day, your marriage will be a thing of your past; even though you may share things like children, pets, homes, and in some cases financial responsibilities, you will be able to move past it.

5 Things You Must Know Before Getting Divorced [EXPERT]
Even though your marriage is over, don't let your divorce turn nasty.
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5 Things You Must Know Before Getting Divorced

You've done everything you can to make the marriage work. You've been to more than one marriage counselor, you've read every book on how to make a marriage great, and you've struggled with the consequences for both you and your children on calling it quits. You've come to the painful conclusion that no matter how much you want your marriage to work, it simply does not. You submit to the reality of divorce and you're ready to take that final step out of your marriage and into the unknown territory of navigating a divorce.

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Are there intolerable problems in your relationship?
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4 Questions To Ask Yourself Before A Breakup Or Divorce

Ending a low quality relationship can be associated with considerable improvement in our wellbeing. There is a point at which it makes good sense to get out of a bad relationship. This even holds true for children and divorce: Ending a highly conflicted marriage can be good for children in time (a good thing to remember when you're wondering if you should "stay together for the kids").

Take a period for yourself after break-up.
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Take a period for yourself after break-up.

BY Hope Kumor   So, you hear those heart-wrecking words, "Let's break-up." But, it's mutual. Despite this fact, it's still excruciatingly painful on both parties. You decide to stay friends. In fact, you pretend like nothing has changed as you plan to see one another the day after. You want to make the situation as easy and simple as possible. You want the transition to go smoothly and not be awkward. The next morning, he is supposed to come over around 1:00 pm. You cry that morning because you finally realize it's over.

Beating Infertility: We Will Become Parents, No Matter What
"Our babymaking difficulties almost drove us apart."
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Beating Infertility: We Will Become Parents, No Matter What

After one-and-a-half years of fruitless (and awkward) babymaking sex, we had decided it was time to move forward with Plan B and seek out fertility testing. It was a big step. After all, not so long ago, we had been on the brink of separation, in part because of our frustrated efforts at procreation.

5 Steps to Getting Past a Breakup
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5 Steps to Getting Past a Breakup

1. Learn to self-soothe: It's really a combination of relaxation (some meditation), affirmations, positive self-talk and telling yourself that what you’re PERCEIVING is not necessarily how it is and, even if it is, you can survive it. Believe me, you will believe it after a while. Because the bottom line is: if you want to be okay, you will be.

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Couples therapy? COUPLES THERAPY! (Remember this movie?)
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5 Things That Can Go Wrong In Couples Therapy

If there's one thing those of us who have been married for a while know, it's that staying married over the long haul ain't always easy. Thank goodness for couples therapy, right? Or ... not? An article in The New York Times this weekend kind of blew apart the notion I had of couples counseling being the THE ANSWER.

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January is a busy month for lawyers.
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Is January The Right Time For A Divorce?

This is a blog post by a member of the YourTango community and does not represent the opinions of YourTango.com or its employees. January is the busiest month of the year for divorce proceedings to be started. Why the New Year?

Yet Another Celebrity Divorce
Divorce...is society to blame?
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Yet Another Celebrity Divorce

Today we learned that another celebrity marriage is ending; Katy Perry & Russell Brand will be filing for divorce. It's big news because they're young and famous, because the marriage only lasted 14 months and because they always seemed an unlikely couple. But marriages are ending every day among us, especially as the new year begins. As someone who's never been married, it makes me wonder. Do people get so caught up in the whirlwind romance that they don't think about the idea of lifetime commitment? Or do they go into the marriage thinking, "I hope this works, but good thing for 'irreconcilable differences' in California"?

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Extend a helping hand. Your friend will never forget your love and support!
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How To Help A Friend Cope With Divorce

For many people, separating from a life-partner is the single most tragic and painful event of their lives. Recovering from such a blow is rarely an easy or pleasant process. Watching a close friend go through the divorce process presents its own set of problems. You want to help, but it can be extremely difficult to approach your friend—an individual with whom you are accustomed to sharing considerably happier times—in this period of profound anger, sorrow, and/or uncertainty.

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"OMG. Do you think I'll get divorced, too?" Divorce is not contagious like the flu, dummy.
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10 Things You Should Never Say To A Divorced Woman

I won't go into the dirty details, but trust me when I say that my divorce was the saddest and most painful thing that's ever happened to me. What made it worse? The really dumb things that people would say when I told them my husband and I were no longer together.