They say that breaking up is hard to do -- and for good reason. The emotional pain of a split can last for years, and if you have mutual friends, children or live in the same area, those lasting wounds can be opened time and time again. While the thought of them may make your skin crawl, being civil and even nice to your ex can be beneficial for many reasons.
It's not going to be easy or fun and it... Read More
In a split, be it amicable or acrimonious, it's the division of assets and child custody that typically get the most attention when dealing with closure. While those issues are usually addressed in court, one thing that isn't openly discussed is who gets the friends. Unfortunately, someone is always going to be on the losing end of this fight. Although there aren't any set guidelines in dealing with the custody of friends, there... Read More
"Let's just be friends." It's the infamous phrase people use when trying to lessen the blow of a breakup. But it's rarely meant as a sincere sentiment. There are very few people who can recover from a breakup and emerge as friends - but it's not impossible. Here are a few reasons why you might be able to remain friends (or not) after being romantically involved. Consider the manner in which you broke up. Rarely are breakups mutual... Read More
With half of marriages ending in divorce and more, younger divorcees getting back out into the dating pool, it's likely that you might end up in a relationship with someone who's already been married. While that can be a turnoff for some, who may feel like they're getting "used goods" or may be judgmental of someone who had been through a divorce, there are quite a few benefits in dating a divorcee. First, a person who's had the... Read More
You finally find someone you thought was "Mr. or Ms. Right," only to learn they were all wrong. It just doesn't seem fair.
The good news is that time heals all wounds. While it wasn't the most pleasant feeling, it was definitely a learning experience. How can you mend a broken heart? According to grief counselor and breakup expert Susan J. Elliot, the end of a relationship is the same as other grief... Read More
A breakup is one of the most stressful things any of us can go through in our lives. Even when your rational mind knows the relationship is toxic, it's hard to let go of the emotional and fearful thoughts telling us life without the relationship is impossible. But have no fear. New beginnings lie behind the break.
Think of your relationship split like cutting off a malignant tumor. There is pain while it is being removed, and... Read More