NAPLES, Fla. – I call it “The Divorce Paradox.” The paradox in divorce is that during the worst emotionally traumatic time in your life, you also have to make the most critical decisions in your life. And with 50 percent of first marriages failing, 60 percent of second marriages and, more than 70 percent of third marriages biting the dust, a large number of us will experience this paradox.
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“Divorce is the psychological equivalent of a triple coronary bypass,” said author Mary Kay Blakely. She’s right. Not only is divorce painful, it can also be incredibly complicated.
And what that means is that it’s a breeding ground for mistakes. So many terrible, long-lasting, devastating, regrettable mistakes are made because we’re on an emotional roller coaster, or because the legal process is messy, or both.