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Marriage, Families and Separation: Deciding What Is Right for Your Marriage

Sep 13, 2008
Marriage is a wonderful thing, but when marriages are going through a tough spot - it can be one of the most stressful things you will ever go through in your life. If you've been considering marriage separation, you are probably wondering how it will affect your children, your spouse and you. It can be very difficult to decide what is right for you and your family when your marriage is in trouble. Here are some tips on deciding what is right for your marriage.

Take Some Time to Reflect -

It can be hard to make a decision in between work, the children, taking care of the home, arguing with your spouse and all the other stresses life brings at us. The most important thing you can do for yourself right now is take some time to reflect. Think about the things that are going wrong in your marriage and whether or not they are fixable. Do you even want to fix them? These are some very deep questions and will probably demand some serious reflecting. Give yourself the time to think and decide what you want.

Weigh the Pros and Cons -

Another thing you can do to help you decide what is right for your marriage is weigh the pros and cons of marriage separation. For instance, an advantage may be that you have the time to work out your problems in a calmer, less stressful way. A disadvantage may be the way your children will feel about the separation. However, if you and your spouse are arguing and hostile all the time anyway - what is that doing to your children? By thinking these things through and weighing the pros and cons of marriage separation, you can iron out your thoughts to determine what is best for your marriage.

Keep the Lines of Communication Open -

While your marriage is already suffering, if you or your spouse shut completely down, it will be very difficult to salvage your marriage. Try to keep the lines of communication open. Discuss things with your spouse and get their feelings and thoughts on topics. You may be given some insight as to how to save your marriage, whether or not marriage separation is right for you or if it's time to move on without your spouse. By keeping the lines of communication open, it will be easier for you to determine where to go from here.

Although it's a huge decision whether or not to seek marriage separation, some of these things can really help you determine whether it's the right decision or not. By following the tips and tricks in this article, you will be closer to coming to a conclusion - whatever it may be. This will allow you and your family to move on in some direction and learn how to heal so that you can all find happiness and peace.
About the Author
Dani Taylor is one of the most active members of the divorce support community at Xstilla.com. She is also the editor of the Children & Divorce section and the author of many articles that help people find their way through complicated cases of divorce and child support issues.
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