When you and your spouse decide to get divorced, you may feel uncertain about what the upcoming legal process will entail. Depending on your situation, divorce requires a significant commitment of your time and emotional energy.
Taking small steps prior to the formal divorce can improve the overall experience and give you the confidence needed to cope with what is to come.
Gather financial documents
Collect financial documents, including your bank statements, tax returns, property deeds and records of investments and retirement accounts. Organizing these documents will help ensure that you have a clear picture of your financial situation.
Create a budget
A realistic budget is essential for post-divorce financial stability. Estimate your monthly expenses and income to determine your financial needs. This will guide you in understanding what adjustments might be necessary to maintain your lifestyle after the divorce.
Prioritize your children’s needs
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 689,308 couples either divorced or annulled their marriages in 2021, and many of these couples had children. If you have children, their well-being should be a top priority. Establish a plan for custody and visitation that takes into account their routines and activities.
Seek emotional support
Divorce can be emotionally challenging, and seeking support from friends, family or a therapist can help you cope. Sharing your feelings and concerns can provide a valuable outlet for processing your emotions.
Do not wait until the last minute to start preparing for the divorce process. As soon as you and your spouse decide to end your marriage, begin preparing for this new phase of life that lies ahead to protect your peace of mind and financial security.