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Navigating the period between divorcing and divorced

There are many surprises people learn when they go through a divorce, as people typically have never gone through this process before. For instance, people are often surprised to learn that there is a lot more "down time" than they expected. It isn't non-stop fighting and courtroom appearances. In fact, the process can stretch on through months or even years if the people involved let it.

Actors Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are a good example of this. According to recent reports, the two officially filed for divorce, two years after they announced they were splitting up. 

Fans were hopeful that the two would end up calling off the divorce and get back together, but as noted by someone who is evidently close to the former couple, they just needed time to make their way through the process.

This should serve as a reminder that for the most part, a divorce can move at whatever speed you want. Though there is a 6-month mandatory waiting period in California, after that you can push for a quicker divorce or take your time.

In some cases, spouses use the time between breaking up and divorcing to go through counseling or take some time away from each other. Sometimes, this gives two people the breathing room and tools they need to reassess their divorce and work instead toward reconciliation.

In most cases, though, a divorce does ultimately happen. Because of this, you will want to be sure you are protecting yourself, your assets and your interests during the transition between divorcing to divorced. This can include carefully managing your individual finances, refraining from signing any agreement without legal consultation and prioritizing your needs and your family's needs.

No matter how fast a divorce moves, it can be very complicated. This is true whether you are ready to divorce today or you wind up spending years in limbo. There are inevitable legal ramifications and options to consider, so it is important that you discuss your goals, priorities and specific situation with an attorney who can help you get through this difficult time in the manner you choose.

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