How to Maintain a Happy Relationship With Your Ex-Husband or Wife

There’s little to love about the end of any romantic relationship, but things are especially tough when it’s the end of a marriage. Sadly, that’s just what happens to around 40-50% of people who get married. However, while it’s unlikely that anyone will be jumping for joy at the end of a marriage, that doesn’t mean that things have to be awful. Our thoughts tend to become our reality…if we think it’s going to be awful, then it probably will!

So look at taking a different approach. In this blog, we’re going to look at a few ways that you can stay on good terms with your ex-husband or ex-wife.

Look After Yourself

It’s much easier to be level-headed and kind towards other people if we are in a happy place.

Indeed, if you’re continually angry at the world, then it’s a good idea to check in with yourself, before pointing fingers at other people. You will likely have reason to be upset with your partner, but don’t let your anger be amplified by your own unhappiness. Take care of yourself, eat well, exercise, and have fun, and you’ll find that you’re more inclined to be and behave well.

Focus on the Positives 

Yes, the marriage is over, and that sucks. However, it’s unlikely that every single aspect of the relationship was bad.

And it’s unlikely that you dislike every detail of your ex-partner’s way of being, or hate every moment you shared together. If you want to make your transition into divorcee life more bearable, then focus on the positives of the relationship, not the negatives. It didn’t work out in the end, but you’ll have likely seen and done things that wouldn’t have been possible if you’d never gotten together.

Work with Professionals

Most people don’t have experience with divorce, and that’s what makes it so challenging.

You’re in new terrain, and while you’d like to do things well, you won’t have the knowledge and skills to do so. That’s why it’s a good idea to work with professionals, who will have helped with these experiences many times over.

Putting the task in the hands of a family law attorney will make everything much more straightforward, and also less stressful for you. Also, if you’re struggling with the mental side of things, then reach out to a therapist that specializes in relationships.

Show That It’s Possible 

Someone’s got to show the way when it comes to navigating a divorce with style.

As much as you’ll try, it’s unlikely that the divorce will be smooth sailing from beginning to end. The key is to not let one disturbance undo everything; keep the bad aspects in perspective. Many people have an unhappy divorce process because neither parties step up and lead by example.

There are blogs, podcasts, and books that’ll help you to get through it — and you’ll help to avoid making the process worse since positivity usually breeds more positivity (and of course, the vice versa is true too). 


Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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