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An apology could ease your military divorce

Texas military couples who are going through a difficult divorce can find themselves under a great deal of stress. Contention with one's soon-to-be-ex can reach an all-time high during the process of a military divorce, which can cast a negative light on the entire process of ending the marriage. Fortunately, there are steps that can be taken to ease tensions during this challenging time, one of which is simple, but incredibly effective when properly employed.

In many cases, a simple but heartfelt apology can go a long way toward healing wounds that exist between two spouses. Often, one party feels as if he or she has been "wronged" by the other party. This belief, no matter how grounded in fact, can degrade the relationship between the two parties to the point that it can have a negative effect on the divorce process itself. One way to potentially ease this sense of hurt is to give a sincere apology.

An effective apology has three important components; an admission of wrongdoing, an acknowledgment of the pain that one's actions have caused, and a promise to rectify the situation to the degree possible. When given in a sincere and caring manner, this type of apology can defuse many tense situations. For the individual receiving the apology, the act serves as a validation of their suffering, and can allow him or her to move beyond hurt feelings to address the issues at hand.

For those in Texas who feel that an apology to their spouse may be appropriate, this information will hopefully give an outline of how to structure that discussion. When bruised feelings can be set aside, both spouses have a better chance at reaching a divorce settlement that is fair and balanced. A military divorce is nothing more than the act of dividing one household into two, and should be conducted in a neutral and businesslike manner. Having unresolved personal problems overshadowing this process is neither helpful nor emotionally healthy.

Source: The Huffington Post, The Power of an Apology in Divorce, Betsy Ross, Feb. 12, 2014

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