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Compartmentalizing can ease divorce woes

When faced with the end of a marriage, many Colorado spouses have a hard time coming to terms with the changes ahead. Divorce can be a hectic time, and spouses are asked to provide a great deal of information to their attorneys. They must also spend a significant portion of time discussing the marriage and the cause of the pending divorce. This can all take an emotional toll, and individuals who do not establish strong coping mechanisms can face a difficult time as the divorce process moves forward.

For many spouses, the process of compartmentalization can be a powerful tool for attaining stability during a tumultuous divorce. Compartmentalizing involves the intentional structuring of time in which all divorce activities will take place. Outside of those time parameters, spouses make a commitment to avoid letting the details of their divorce take over their thought process or other activities.

Many spouses find it helpful to limit their divorce tasks to a set number of hours each week. For some, spending a longer block of time addressing these matters on the weekend may be preferable. Others may choose to handle divorce tasks for just one hour at the beginning of each weekday, leaving their weekends free to pursue other activities.

One of the best aspects of compartmentalization as a divorce tool is the fact that it gives spouses the ability to exert some level of control over the time spent addressing divorce. By spending only the designated period of time collecting documentation, meeting with attorneys and simply thinking about the end of the marriage, individuals have the remainder of their time free for other pursuits. This can help Colorado spouses achieve balance during an emotionally trying time, which can make the entire process easier to manage.  

Source: The Huffington Post, "Finding Your Zen During A Nasty Divorce & Other Battles", Diane Passage, June 23, 2015

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