Divorcing gracefully in New York

Television dramas can oftentimes paint New York divorces between parents as dramatic, messy, and heart-wrenching. However, many divorces, even those that involve children, are amicable. Your actions during the divorce can make a huge difference in how the divorce proceeds.

Benefits of a graceful divorce

A person’s emotions will naturally run high during a divorce, regardless of the circumstances. As tempting as it could be to let these emotions out during the divorce procedure, doing so will only make the process longer.

It’s harder to negotiate with your soon-to-be ex-spouse if you let your emotions run rampant, or are otherwise unwilling to work together. And if you have children together, the damage can be irreparable.

Parents will have to see their ex-spouse frequently, long after the divorce has settled. It’s important that the parents can work together for the benefit of their children.

Come up with a plan

It’s not uncommon for divorcing parents to devise a custody plan or co-parenting plan that outlines everything parenting related. Creating this document early and reviewing it often can help reduce tensions when it comes to interacting with your spouse in regard to your children.

You should also create a plan that addresses how often you want to talk with your ex and how you would like to be talked to in return. Being able to set firm boundaries early on can help make the transition feel easier, and communicating them clearly will reduce arguments.

Prioritize your children

You will always want to prioritize your children, no matter how much you hate your ex. For that reason, it’s important that you and your ex present as a united front to your children. This can help them feel more secure and less anxious.