#4 – EXIT COUNSELING
“Exit Counseling” can best be described as couples counseling devoted to preparing to end the marriage. It is a respectful process that gives couples time and space to work through the myriad of details attendant to moving from the status of marriage to the state of separation; it provides a safe place to say good-bye to—and start to grieve the loss of—the relationship; and it provides a template for how couples can begin to interact in the coming weeks and months ahead.
So, before you opt for the permanence of “I Don’t,” consider that to which you can say “I Do.” If you have children, this is all the more the case as they will inevitably ask you one day if you did all you could have done to try to keep the marriage together.
Vicki L. Shemin, JD, LICSW, ACSW, a partner at Fields and Dennis LLP with degrees in law and in clinical social work, has been consistently recognized on a national and state level for showing dedication, compassion, leadership and excellence in family dispute resolution.
This article was originally published on the Moving Past Divorce website.