How To Prepare If You Think Divorce Is In Your Future

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

This may be an uncomfortable post to read but with everything going on in the world these days, especially for women that are trying to gain their independence I wanted to make this post in the hopes that at least one person will read it and it will help them.  Life is unpredictable, and there are times when you realize the path your heading towards isn't the one you originally planned.  Maybe you got married with the hopes of staying together forever but things just aren't working out that way.  That's why there are some things that everyone should be prepared to do as they prepare for the possibility of divorce. 

1. Hire A Divorce Attorney

Depending on where you live, you may have a lot of options in your area.   You want to find an attorney close to where you live, so if you live in Tampa, it only makes sense to find a Tampa divorce lawyer.  The reason this is so important is because a good divorce lawyer will help you navigate your future.  They'll let you know how the entire process goes, what you can expect in your specific situation, and how much money it may cost you.  Whether you and your soon-to-be ex get along or not, an attorney is always a wise choice. 

2. Get Your Finances in Order
It's always a good idea to start putting money aside right away, especially if you are unsure how you will handle paying bills and finding a new place to live on your own.  That's obviously why I tell everyone that they need an Emergency Fund for big life changes such as divorce. You will also need to take a close look at your budget and make some major changes so that you are living within your means as a single person. 

3. Tell Your Circle
When you are about to embark on a life changing journey, it's always important to surround yourself with people that love and support you.  It's a good idea to update your closest friends and family about what's going on so that they can be there for you anytime you need it. Don't you dare be embarrassed or ashamed either, because true friends don't judge.  It's also important to tell someone you can trust at work, hopefully that's your boss, that you may be out of the office more often as you get your life in order.  

4. Keep A Cool Head
No matter what reasons you have for embarking down this new path, keep your head cool and don't freak out.  Don't make any hasty decisions or talk bad about your soon-to-be ex on social media or to mutual friends.  You don't need to spark anymore drama for yourself, as you'll be looking at a lot of obstacles as it is. 

5. Devise a List
So you will definitely need a master to do list of things you'll need to do for your divorce as well as any specific items you hope to get (maybe a bed set that you yourself purchased before you were married).   When your head is feeling overwhelmed, having everything in writing in the form of a checklist will be a lifesaver for you.

Hopefully you are prepared and have a handful of loved ones to support you along the way. 

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