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Thinking about divorce post-infidelity?

Some divorces only occur after couples have contemplated this change and worked to resolve their issues for years. However, other divorces are filed after a single catastrophic event shakes these affected marriages at their foundations. Understandably, many individuals view infidelity as the kind of catastrophic event that inspires a need to divorce the moment that this behavior is either discovered or disclosed.

Only you can know whether or not infidelity is an event that your marriage cannot recover from in healthy ways. Some marriages can recover from infidelity while others cannot. You should seek to process any feelings of shame or judgment you may feel about either wanting a divorce immediately or perhaps wanting to give your spouse another chance. Your marriage is your own and only you can fully understand how your needs, personality and values must contribute to your decision making.

If you think that divorce may be in your future, it may benefit you to speak with an experienced family law attorney. Speaking with an attorney does not commit you to any specific course of action. However, such a conversation may allow you to make more informed and proactive choices about your future. It may even inspire you to become more involved in your family’s finances and other matters that will benefit you regardless of whether or not you opt to divorce.

Only you can decide whether divorce is the healthiest option for you post-infidelity. Please take comfort in the fact that if you do decide to divorce that resources are available to help you navigate this life transition.

Source: The Huffington Post, “Is it Possible to Get Past an Affair?” Tammy Nelson, May 26, 2015

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