UPDATED: This one might admittedly be a bit dated. There hasn’t been a new Grand Theft Auto game since GTA 5 in 2013–there are rumors GTA 6 is in the works, but it will likely be years before it materializes.
Still, there’s no time like the present to revisit the past. So why not take a look at important divorce tips you can learn from Grand Theft Auto?
4 things Grand Theft Auto can teach you about divorce
1. When your car is engulfed in flames, get out.
At first glance, this seems like a no-brainer. If the car is in flames and there is no way that the fire can be extinguished —get out. Staying in the car will only result in excruciating scars and psychological trauma. But for some people, admitting a situation is beyond repair can be difficult.
This concept also applies to marriage. If you’ve tried everything to save your marriage, but it’s still going down in flames —get out. Be proactive and take charge of what’s to come. This can prevent both emotional scars and protect your assets and rights. Divorce is never easy, but being in control makes the process much smoother.
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2. Plan for the best, prepare for the worst
Taking on a fresh mission in GTA, you visualize yourself racing through the streets of Liberty, deftly executing your mission, blasting past gangsters, dodging bullets, all without a single scratch.
The reality is, you will probably get hit with a few rocket launchers, jump a curb taking a corner too close, and crash into the side of a building. But because you’re a GTA veteran, you planned ahead.
Decked out in body armor with loads of ammo (maybe even a rocket launcher of your own) and a full health bar, you’re well equipped to handle whatever comes your way.
What would end the game for a lesser player will barely be a blip on your radar because you are prepared for anything.
Apply the same principle to your divorce. Minus the ammo and rocket launcher, of course.
In the best-case scenario, you and your soon-to-be-ex agree on everything. Custody, the division of property, support, and all the rest. It’s possible for everything to unfold in a simple, amicable fashion.
Many divorcing couples expect to remain friends and neatly separate their lives.
Unfortunately, reality offers a very different scenario much of the time. Both parties in a divorce have different expectations. What starts as courteous and friendly often quickly turns into guerrilla warfare between exes.
Having a strategic defense, and body armor as necessary, is essential if you face divorce. It’s far better to have everything in writing, a knowledgeable divorce attorney, and a clear course of action at your disposal and not need to bring out the big guns than to fall prey to a vicious attack unprepared.
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3. If you want something, takes work
Missions in GTA are designed to be challenging. You start the game with nothing, but through hard work and careful maneuvering (and maybe a few explosions), you accomplish quite a bit.
The same holds true for divorce. Work with a divorce attorney to develop a strategy. Devise a plan that, through hard work and persistence, will pay off. This concept is particularly vital if you face child custody issues.
The court uses the level of involvement and engagement displayed by a parent to determine custody. If you want to maintain your relationship with your children, work to remain involved in their lives.
It’s important to know what you want out of your divorce. Figure out what’s most important, what you truly need, and take the steps to make it happen.
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4. Get off the beaten path
One of the great things about Grand Theft Auto is the ability to follow your own path through the game. You aren’t constrained to a single storyline someone else wrote for you.
Getting off the beaten path is paramount for those facing divorce. Too often people feel like their hands are tied and they are at a disadvantage when it comes to divorce and custody. That doesn’t have to be your story.
You can blaze your own trail and define the role you play in your child’s life. It might take some hard work, but having both parents present is essential to the development and happiness of children. And maintaining your relationship can pay off bigger than a mob boss windfall.
Divorce isn’t a simple process. Much like GTA, it’s full of unexpected characters, more than a few wrecks, and stuff blowing up in your face.
You can glean a few divorce tips from the game. But if you face an impending divorce, the best advice Grand Theft Auto offers is: know when to recruit help. Having a good divorce attorney is like having a grenade launcher and full body armor —they provide a good defense and a powerful offense.
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