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Are You Ready for a Divorce?

Wife and Husband Signing a Divorce
Divorce happens for any number of reasons; someone isn't faithful, financial stress takes a toll, or you simply fall out of love with one another. No matter the reason, divorce is a very serious matter and is a decision that requires a lot of careful thought.

If you are considering divorcing your partner, then you should prepare both emotionally and financially. Read on for tips to help you prepare for divorce.

Talk to a Marriage Counselor
Before thinking about divorce, you should try your best to reconcile and deal with the issues in your marriage. You may be able to work through your problems, but counseling is only going to work if both parties are willing to put in the work and effort. 

If a marriage counselor didn't help, or one of you isn't willing to work on your marriage, then divorce may be your only option.

Prepare for Divorce Emotionally
Divorce is going to take an emotional toll on you. To help you prepare, you may want to talk to a therapist or counselor about what it means to be divorced and to help you get through it all. Divorce sometimes means losing friends and possibly an entire side of the family that you may have had in your life for quite some time. 

Unfortunately, people will take sides in a divorce, which means losing some people you once loved very much. You need to be emotionally prepared for this.

If there are children involved in the divorce, then a custody battle can also take a toll on you. Sharing custody with your ex can lead to depression, anger, or other emotional issues. Talking to a therapist may help you deal with these emotions.

Think About Your Finances

Before filing for divorce, you need to get your finances in order. Divorce isn't just the separation of your lives, it's also the separation of all of your finances. This means you're going to need to figure out how to survive financially without your partner in your life. You may qualify for alimony, but this will be up to the judge to decide.

Get your finances in order and take a good look at the bills you and your spouse share and what assets you have as well. This includes retirement funds, savings accounts, and other accounts you and your spouse have. Make copies for yourself, just in case any of this account information (or the money in them) goes missing. 

Think about what you can afford on your own. Start by determining if you can live in the family home. Remember, living is more than just paying the mortgage or rent, there's the electric, gas, water, sewer, insurance, and other monthly payments you need to think about as well.

If you aren't able to afford the family home, then you'll have to think about other living arrangements for yourself. Do some research on other homes or apartments that may be in your budget.

Talk to a Divorce Attorney
If you think you're ready for divorce, then it's time to talk to a divorce attorney. Talk to someone that has worked on divorce cases before and specializes in these types of matters. Talking to an attorney will help you know what to expect before you actually file to be sure this is exactly what you want. Your attorney will advise you on what to do, as well as what steps you'll need to take to file for divorce.

If you're emotionally and financially ready for divorce, then talk to an attorney today at Flowers Law Firm. Our caring lawyers will help you however we can. Give us a call today.