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As some Illinois residents know, ending a marriage can drive you up a wall. So, how do you get through a divorce without losing your sanity? It is extremely difficult; however, a recent article discusses some valuable ideas for divorcing individuals. The source reports that there are five main steps that can ease your departure from your former loved one.

1. Separate yourself from your spouse: If possible, you should move away from your ex before the divorce filing. If you have come to the point where you can no longer be committed to this person, you probably should not live with them. It creates a very unhealthy and stressful environment, and conflicts tend to escalate.

2. Employ an experienced attorney that you trust: If you are going through the financial and emotional problems of divorce, you need an attorney who can quickly and efficiently settle your problems. This will help ease your anxiety. The source explains that if you are not sold by the end of your first discussion, you should probably look for another lawyer.

3. Set aside time to work on your financial disclosures: It can be difficult to complete the financial forms required for a divorce matter. These forms take time and serve as a reminder of what is actually happening--your marriage is ending. Nevertheless, if you block away a series of two-hour time slots, you will have these filled out in no time. Once complete, this will be more stress off of your back.

4. Develop a list of priorities: There are so many factors involved in a separation--children, property, debts, alimony, etc. You should organize a plan of how to resolve these issues. What is most important to you? What do you want to get out of this process? That way, when you begin the divorce proceeding, you will have your concerns addressed in a timely and logical manner.

5. Exercise: The article suggests that you commit to an exercise regimen. It will help you relieve your stress and keep you healthy.

It is completely natural to be upset and stressed when you are confronting a divorce. While these tips are not the perfect solution, they can inevitably ease some pain as you find your way through this difficult process.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Going through a divorce without going crazy," Edra J. Pollin, Feb. 2, 2012

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