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It’s Splitsville: Surviving Your Divorce by James J. Gross

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CHAPTER1

Timing

Breakups can be just as hard on the person who leaves as for the person who is left. But sometimes the emotional timing is different for each. The person who leaves may have been thinking about leaving for a long time, perhaps six months, a year, or longer. He has been trying out the separation in his head for a long time while still participating in the marriage for all outward appearances. He may already have one foot out the door. The other person may not know anything is wrong, and so the announcement comes as a complete surprise. This person then has some catching up to do emotionally. This chapter covers the issue of timing, focusing on financial, practical, and emotional issues, especially for those about to make a decision ...

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