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What is the best way to prevent divorce?

No matter how bad things have gotten with your marriage, you may not want to think about divorce just yet. You may be willing to put more time and effort into saving your marriage.

Does your spouse feel the same way? If the answer is yes, you still have hope. If the answer is no, there may not be anything you can do in order to keep your marriage together.

While there is no surefire way to stop divorce dead in its tracks, there are a few steps you can take to improve the odds:

-- Take action. If you want to prevent a divorce, you don't have time to sit around and hope that things get better. Put a plan into action and see how much progress you can make.

-- Don't play the victim. While it may be natural to blame the other party, now is not the time to do so. You need to leave the past in the past and make changes for the better in the future.

-- Clarify what both people need to change. You cannot make things better until you change what has caused the issues in the past. This holds true for both spouses.

These are just a few of the best ways to prevent divorce. You may have another plan in mind, and there is nothing wrong with following your gut and doing your best to keep your marriage together.

If you determine that divorce is your only option, at least you can look back and realize that you did your best to make things work.

Source: Psychology Today, "7 Strong Steps to Stop a Divorce," accessed May 05, 2016

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