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Defining your divorce when breaking the news to others

Telling other people that you are getting a divorce can be awkward, and it's something that people often do not consider until it is time to do it. Social media has, in some ways, streamlined this process. You can break the news without having to do it face-to-face. However, it's still a tricky process, and you may want to keep your divorce off of social media, especially before it is finalized.

When you do have to tell people about it, one key is to define the divorce on your own terms. Decide what is most important to you and how you want them to think about it. Then pick an introductory sentence that focuses on those elements.

For example, maybe your goal is to give your children a happy, healthy home. You could start by talking about how you look forward to spending more one-on-one time with them or how you think it will improve their lives if you and your spouse go your separate ways. The focus isn't on you or your ex. It's on your kids.

If it is an amicable divorce, lead off with that. Tell people that it's something that you both want, that you both agreed to it and that you plan to stay friends afterward. People often assume that divorce is going to get ugly, but it doesn't have to. Some relationships just don't work out. You can still get along and work toward what is best for both of you and, most importantly, your children.

As you plan your divorce and prepare for this next stage in your life, take the time to look over all of the proper legal steps and your rights.

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