Unfortunately, not all couples can adhere to the “And they lived happily ever after!” scenario. Oftentimes, we break up, for one reason or another.

If you and your partner are heading towards this unfortunate stage in your relationship, we want to help make the process as stress-free as possible.

Don’t Be Silent About Your Decision For Too Long.

8 Ways to Make Splitting Up Easier for You and Your Partner

If You’ve No Intention Of Getting Back Together, Try To Avoid Contact With Your Ex.

8 Ways to Make Splitting Up Easier for You and Your Partner

Break The News To Your Partner In Person.

8 Ways to Make Splitting Up Easier for You and Your Partner

Don’t Blame Your Partner For The Failed Relationship.

8 Ways to Make Splitting Up Easier for You and Your Partner

Speak Directly About Your Feelings.

8 Ways to Make Splitting Up Easier for You and Your Partner

Don’t Blackmail Your Partner, And Don’t Give In To Blackmail.

8 Ways to Make Splitting Up Easier for You and Your Partner

If You’ve Decided To Leave For Good, Don’t Talk About A Temporary Separation.

8 Ways to Make Splitting Up Easier for You and Your Partner

Show Your Gratitude.

8 Ways to Make Splitting Up Easier for You and Your Partner

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