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Even if your divorce is an amicable one (which it may not be), it is likely that the process is not enjoyable. Thus, it is natural to want your divorce over with as quickly as possible so that you can get on with rebuilding your new life.

However, trying to rush divorce often ends up badly. Nobody wants to spend hours combing through their family assets and negotiating division, but this is necessary and it takes time. However, working to reduce conflict with your ex-spouse and being prepared emotionally can help the divorce go faster, according to Psychology Today.

How can I prepare myself emotionally?

Many people benefit from seeing a therapist throughout the course of their divorce. This can help divorce go faster, since many times divorces slow down due to outside emotional impact. It is very natural to experience feelings of depression, grief, anger and sadness during divorce.

The idea is not to suppress these feelings, but to process them and figure out healthy coping strategies. Having a comprehensive emotional support network will allow you to manage negative emotions and help you make rational decisions that will benefit you (and your family, if you have children with your ex-spouse) in the future.

How can I reduce conflict with my ex-spouse?

If you have a turbulent relationship with your ex-spouse, retaining the services of a divorce coach can help you establish functional communication patterns. This is particularly important if you have children with your ex-spouse and will need to continue communicating with him or her in the future as part of a co-parenting plan. Even if you have no children, functional communication patterns will help speed up your divorce process considerably.

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