Getting Past Your Breakup: Letting Go and Moving On

Breaking up is hard to do -- here are nine strategies to smooth the transition (11 Photos)

Susan J. Elliot on Jan 24, 2012 at 2:42PM

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Getting Past Your Breakup: Letting Go and Moving On

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Make a Clean Break By Tying up Loose Ends

There should be an initial exchange of belongings within days after a breakup. If you need help arranging to pick up your things, get it right away. Don’t let it drag on and on. No one is responsible for another person’s things forever. After a reasonable time (a few weeks), a person is legally free to discard someone else’s belongings if that person has not made an effort to retrieve them. So get your things back within a short time of the breakup. Do not ask for gifts back or take gifts back.

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