How do you divorce ‘well’ when you no longer get along?

Divorce is more often than not a dreaded life event. High emotions are involved – creating conflicts which in turn interfere with the process of moving on.

People find themselves stuck in a situation from which they initially wanted to move away, but the unpleasantness of dealing with a person they no longer get along with remains a painful, present occurrence.

If you are in a bad marriage, you don’t have to go through a bad divorce. On the contrary. A divorce, for most parties, is the solution to a life they no longer want to live together.

So how do you divorce ‘well’ when you no longer get along?

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Here are five principles for a ‘good’ divorce:

  1. Respect each other and agree to disagree. You are no longer getting along to a point where you want to divorce. Agree that whatever has caused your relationship to come to this point needs to be acknowledged.
  2. Mutual non-aggression. Whether verbal or physical, rudeness or aggression is only a weak imitation of strength. Acknowledge that your situation is what it is. Fighting it or the other person is not going to change the circumstance, only the outcome.
  3. Don’t interfere in each other’s lives! It is important to be at peace with the fact that now you both have separate lives. New places to live, possibly new friends and perhaps a new love interest. What your ex does is no longer any of your business. Be interested in your life and all the exciting things that are waiting to happen.
  4. Win-win. To end a bad marriage can result in a happy separation. Making a divorce difficult, to try and get back at each other for whatever hurt was caused, will not result in anyone winning and most likely will make the person creating most of the chaos even more unhappy afterwards than before.
  5. Amicable co-existence. Why live in constant hostility when you could live in peace? This is especially of value for divorcing parents whose hostility will affect their children. No matter what you do, you both exist at the same time and, especially as co-parents, are more likely to remain in each other’s lives. It’s your choice to make it a good or bad experience.