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What Is Divorce Etiquette And How Can It Help?

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The words 'divorce' and 'etiquette' aren't often heard together. When we hear the word 'etiquette,' we think manners, politeness, courtesies - again not things typically associated with ending a marriage. And perhaps that's exactly why so many people struggle to achieve a good divorce. 

I'm not a fan of rule books but I do think being conscious about how you conduct yourself during divorce could help you better cope with the end of your marriage so you'll feel less conscious, less awkward and avoid saying or doing things that you'll regret later. If we did have more generally accepted guidelines on coping with divorce, then the breakups could be less disruptive not just for spouses but also for children, extended families, friends and coworkers. Who wouldn't want that?

Suzanne Riss and Jill Sockwell, authors of The Optimist's Guide To Divorce: How To Get Through Your Breakup and Create A New Life You Love have given much thought to the question of divorce etiquette through their own first-hand experiences and through the experiences of the women they brought together in the Maplewood Divorce Club. Listen in to get the tips you need to handle the common awkward situations around divorce.

Follow Suzanne and Jill on Twitter as @SuzanneRiss and @JillSockwell and on Facebook at The Optimist's Guide.To Divorce.