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Tips for when your marriage ends in your 20s

You and your significant other got married young, around the time you graduated from college. You were wildly in love, but it fizzled out quickly. Something just changed. What had been an exciting college relationship turned into a taxing marriage, and then you decided to call it off. You're still in your 20s, and you both want to move forward with your lives, rather than giving decades to something that simply wasn't meant to be. If so, here are a few tips that can help you with the next stage in your life:

1. Learn from it

Use this as a learning experience. What did you learn about yourself and what you want out of a relationship? Moreover, what did you learn from the divorce itself? For instance, maybe you thought the property division process was frustrating and difficult. If you were to do it all again, would you use a prenup? At your age, a second marriage is likely, so it's wise to know about the legal tools at your disposal.

2. Don't assume you failed

People often get down on themselves for divorcing young, but remember that it may just have been a lapse in judgment. This is also a time of significant change, as you enter the workforce, and people don't always change the same way.

3. Know all of your options when splitting up

You have a lot of legal options -- don't overlook them. For example, maybe you don't really want to go to court and let a judge make decisions for you. If so, you and your legal team may consider mediation. This often works if you and your spouse are still on good terms, mutually deciding to go your separate ways.

4. Be wary of debt

Depending when you got married, your debt load could make things complicated. Were you completely done with school when you tied the knot, or did either of you take out more student loans as a couple? Did either of you go back to school to get an advanced degree, bringing on more loans? Today's students face a heavy debt load, and some of it may be divided along with assets, depending on the situation.

5. Keep it off of Facebook

Social media isn't a good place to rant about your spouse or share details of your marriage. If you do end up in court, information from sites like Facebook and Instagram could be used.

6. Focus on your friends and the future

You still have a lot to be happy about and a bright future. You're still young enough that you can cherish the positive times you had, learn from what happened, spend time with your friends, and focus on making your future exactly what you want it to be - rather than focusing on the past.

Divorce can be complicated. Don't rush it, and don't overlook all of your legal options. Take the time to fully understand every step in the process so that you can really work to set yourself up well for your post-divorce life.

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