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This might just be the worst possible divorce advice

When a Texas spouse announces that he or she is preparing to end his or her marriage, people seem to come out of the woodwork to offer unsolicited advice. While some of that advice is positive, much of the guidance received during this time is potentially harmful. Perhaps the worst advice that a spouse can receive in the initial stages of divorce is to halt that process and to give the marriage just one more try.

The intent behind this advice is honorable. After all, people continue to marry despite a high divorce rate because it seems that human beings are specifically geared for living in a family unit. No one wants to walk away from a marriage that is working or that has a chance to be saved. When a loved one advises someone to stay put and work things out, it is because the friend or family member feels strongly that the party considering divorce deserves to be happy.

In reality, very few people decide to divorce without having already put considerable thought and energy into saving the marriage. By the time the parties are ready to discuss the matter with their friends and family, the decision has already been made. Allowing that decision to be questioned by individuals outside of the marriage will provide no assistance to either spouse and can only serve to undermine the confidence that both parties have in the decision to part ways.

For those in Texas who are thinking about divorce, it is important that every effort be made to determine whether the union can be saved. Many couples go through a time of difficulty, but they are able to work through their differences and grow stronger as a unit. However, after every avenue has been exhausted, or when the marriage is simply broken beyond repair, it is time to turn one's attention toward the future and make plans to bring the marriage to a close.

Source: The Huffington Post, "The Worst Divorce Advice .. Ever!", Karen Covy, May 5, 2016

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