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New Lenox divorce attorney emotional issuesGetting a divorce is one of the most stressful life events you can experience, second only to the death of a loved one. Divorce turns your entire life upside down, from your living situation to your financial situation and everything in between. With such a huge change in life, your emotions can get the best of you, and when that happens, things can start to go downhill. While there is no getting around the pain of a divorce, there are things you can do to manage these difficulties. Here are a few healthy coping strategies that you can practice during and after your Illinois divorce:

Do Not Beat Yourself Up Over Your Emotions

The first thing you should know is that you will probably struggle emotionally. You will probably feel sad beyond belief or as angry as you have ever been in your entire life. You may experience every emotion on the spectrum in the span of a single day. It is important to know that this is all normal. No one person has the same reaction to separation and divorce, and that is okay. Remember that these things you are feeling are temporary and that you will eventually feel like yourself again.

Focus on Your Physical Health

A great way to cope with your divorce is by focusing on what you can control. You cannot control how your spouse will react to the legal steps you take during the divorce process, and you cannot control how your children will respond to the news that your marriage is ending. What you can control is yourself, and you should place emphasis on that. Make sure you get enough sleep, drink plenty of water, and exercise regularly. Taking care of yourself physically can work wonders for your mental state as well.

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Orland Park divorce attorney lawyer for real estate ownershipWhen you decide to get a divorce, there are a slew of things that must be decided. You will have to figure out where you will be living and how you will be able to afford to live on your salary alone. If you have kids, you will need to figure out how you will split parenting time with your spouse and where your children will live. One of the biggest decisions you will have to make is how you will divide your marital property. In Illinois, marital property is considered to be anything that was acquired by either you or your spouse after you were married. If your home falls into that category, you also have to figure out how you will handle ownership of your marital home.

Divorce and Real Estate

One of the first things you should do when you are getting a divorce and trying to decide what you are going to do with your home is to get it appraised. This will help you know the value of your home, and it will also help you decide what you want to do with it. There are basically three options when it comes to dealing with your marital home during a divorce: 

  • Sell the home. The easiest and cleanest way to deal with your marital home during a divorce is to sell the home and split the profits. This ensures that both spouses are treated equally during the division process, and both spouses will likely end up with a little bit of cash (as long as you have equity in the home.) However, selling the home may subject you to capital gains taxes that may be owed on the home if it has appreciated significantly.

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