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Marriages cannot be completely 'divorce-proofed'

When going into a marriage, no person wants to end up one day divorcing their spouse. Thus, one thing many newlyweds may wonder is: What can I do to help prevent my marriage from ending in a divorce?

An important thing to note is that there is nothing a married person can do to completely eliminate the possibility of a divorce occurring when it comes to their marriage. There are multiple reasons for this. One is that you can only control your own actions and desires, not the actions and desires of your spouse. Another is that you can't plan for everything. Sometimes, a completely unexpected event occurs that ends up greatly reducing how likely a marriage is to keep working in the long run.

While a person cannot completely divorce-proof their marriage, there are steps they can take to try to keep their marriage strong, and thus possibly less likely to end in divorce. Recently, a Huffington Post article outlined some such steps. Some examples of things that the article recommended for married individuals are: being accepting of the fact that your spouse will change over time, steering clear of directing unnecessary criticism towards your spouse and acting the way towards your spouse that you would want your spouse to act towards you.

When their marriage does end up going down the divorce path, one thing a person may very much want is for the divorce to go smoothly. Just as a person cannot completely divorce-proof their marriage, a person cannot completely guarantee that a divorce they are in will go smoothly. Too many factors out of their control are at play. However, there are things they can do that may perhaps be able to help push their divorce in a smoother direction. One is making proper preparations for divorce proceedings. Family law attorneys can assist individuals with divorce preparations. 

Source: The Huffington Post, "No, You Can't Divorce-Proof Your Marriage (But Here's What You Can Do Instead)," Brittany Wong, June 30, 2015

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