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          Are You Ready for Divorce?

          June 22, 2010

          With the divorce rate reported at more than 50 percent in America, it’s inevitable that you or someone you know will end a marriage. How do you know if you’re really ready for a divorce? Dr. Phil and civil and family attorney Areva Martin speak with a couple on the verge of ending their union.

          Too Little, Too Late? 
          Jan and Randy have been married 25 years and have four children, including 11-year-old twins. Jan feels trapped and wants out, but Randy refuses to give up on their marriage. Is it too late to save this union? Are they prepared for divorce?

          Dr. Phil asks five questions to find out.

          Children Caught in the Middle

          Dr. Phil is concerned about the way Jan and Randy have involved their children in their marital problems. See the message the twins have for their parents. Plus, Dr. Phil throws a rope to their 18-year-old daughter, Laci, who feels responsibilities beyond her years. 

          “I’m willing to pay the house payments.” 

          Unfinished Emotional Business

          One of the biggest challenges you need to prepare for before filing for divorce is finding emotional closure. Dr. Phil explains why feeling angry and hurt are reasons a person should not get divorced.

          “You’re not ready to get divorced.” 

          Divorce Survival

          Are Jan and Randy legally ready to end their union? Civil and family attorney Areva Martin gives her divorce survival tips. Learn how to protect yourself before you file. 

          “Divorce proceedings are like war in most cases. You need to be prepared for the battle.”

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