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Should you try to keep emotions out of a divorce?

If you're going through divorce, you know how hard it can be to keep from feeling emotional. This is true in almost all divorces—whether you asked for the split, your spouse did, or you both agree it's for the best. It's still a huge change and you could feel a wide range of emotions as things play out.

While this is only natural, experts do say it's best not to make emotional decisions as much as possible. You need to make calm, rational decisions that focus on what is best for your future—and for your children, if you have them. Decisions should not be made out of anger, spite, or sorrow.

Additionally, some experts warn that guilt can be a big problem in a divorce case. If you knew that you needed to leave your partner, but he or she did not want to split up, you could feel overwhelming guilt at what you're putting him or her through. Some people agree to an unfair division of assets, essentially trying to buy their way out of these feelings of guilt. However, this can lead you to problems down the road when you don't retain all of the wealth and assets that you need and deserve.

If you're struggling to make these decisions and it's hard to put your emotions aside, it can be helpful to talk to others who are not as connected to the situation, like financial planners or even friends who will focus more directly on what is best for you.

With any decision made during a divorce, be sure you also know all of the legal options you have and the impact of divorce laws in Arkansas.

Source: Huffington Post, "8 Tips to Keep From Being Taken Advantage of Financially in Divorce," Karen Covy, accessed Feb. 11, 2016

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