If you or your spouse is considering whether or not to end your marriage, it will benefit you to think proactively before committing to divorce. Most of the time, divorce is a relatively amicable process, but this well-intentioned approach does not make the divorce process easy.
On the contrary, divorce can be truly challenging financially, physically and emotionally. Planning ahead and knowing what to expect can help ensure a successful divorce process if you ultimately decide to split from your spouse.
First, consider your finances. Are you currently in a financial position to move from a two-person household to a single-person household? If not, what do you need to do financially in order to be able to live comfortably on your own? If you are unsure of the answers to these questions or want to better understand how divorce may impact your finances, speak with an experienced attorney who may direct you to a financial planner.
Second, consider your lifestyle and network of support. Are you healthy enough to weather a divorce? Do you have friends, family members, co-workers, mental health professionals and/or others who can help you and your family transition through the inevitable challenges of divorce? Think about what you will need in order to navigate divorce in a healthy way before committing to it, whenever this kind of choice is a possibility.
Finally, question whether a legal separation may be a healthier or less healthy choice for you and your situation. Sometimes individuals and couples truly benefit from this divorce alternative and some do not. An experienced family law attorney can help you determine whether or not this course is right for you.
Source: The Wall Street Journal, “Three Ways to Protect Yourself in a Divorce,” Margaret Klaw, Jan. 29, 2014