Top ways to prevent divorce

Many people begin to think about divorce and there is no stopping them. Others, however, want to make things work out. They are willing to make changes if it improves the chance of saving their marriage.

Sometimes, though, things have gone too far to prevent divorce. Instead, both parties need to realize this is the case and move on with their lives. This is not always true. Here are five ways to prevent divorce:

-- Compliment your spouse on a regular basis. This goes a long way in showing him or her that you still care.

-- Take care of your appearance. You may not put as much time into this as you did when you were dating, but you shouldn't "let yourself go" altogether.

-- Remain faithful to your spouse. One of the top causes of divorce is a cheating spouse. If you are unfaithful, you are taking a big risk with your marriage.

-- Spend time together. It may be difficult, especially if you have busy careers and children, but you have to make time to be with one another. Find activities that both parties enjoy and can look forward to.

-- Keep the lines of communication open. It is better to talk out a problem than to let it fester. Keeping quiet may make things okay for the time being, but it will come back to haunt you in the long run.

Despite the fact that there are things couples can do to prevent divorce, some people are not willing to make changes. They would rather move forward with the divorce process. To avoid costly and timely mistakes, many people consult with a family law attorney.

Source: Today, "10 tips for preventing divorce" accessed Feb. 06, 2015

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