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The things divorced individuals most regret about divorcing

Learning from the experiences of others can help you make more informed choices about how you would like to live your life. If you are contemplating divorce, you understand that even the most well-intentioned choices do not always turn out in the ways we would often prefer. However, simply because your marriage has not progressed in the ways you hoped it would does not prohibit you from making the healthiest choices possible about how to proceed in your divorce and your newly single life. Healthy choices do not guarantee you a positive outcome, but they do often help to stem the tide of regret.

A recent study conducted by Seddons indicates that individuals who have filed for divorce or legal separation most regret a few specific scenarios. Hundreds of divorced or separated individuals were asked about their regrets tied to the process of moving on from their marriage. The most frequently cited regret was the effect that divorcing or separating had on the respondents' children. The second and third most popular responses were the financial impact that the process created and the ways in which the divorce or separation process progressed.

This survey is an enlightening example of how the experiences of others can help to inform the choices of individuals facing the same circumstances. By understanding these top three regrets, you can mentally and physically prepare to mitigate these potential regrets in your own way. For example, you may want to avoid certain negative impacts on your children by choosing to co-parent in a cooperative way. Or, you may decide to avoid significant financial impacts by filing for a collaborative divorce and keeping costs as low as is practical.

Whatever choices you make about divorce, make them with an eye towards the future and towards avoiding regret. Your future self will thank you for your foresight.

Source: The Huffington Post, “Survey Reveals What Divorced Couples Regret Most,” Dec. 17, 2013

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