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Preparing to divorce your spouse

Nothing can truly prepare you for the process of ending your marriage. However, you can take steps to prepare yourself as effectively as you possibly can. The nature of the legal divorce process you pursue will ultimately be up to you and your spouse. If you fundamentally disagree about significantly important property or child custody matters, you will likely need to litigate your divorce. However, if you can avoid fundamental disagreements, you may be able to mediate or otherwise negotiate your divorce.

With the aid of an experienced family law attorney, you can minimize the stress and financial costs directly related to the legal aspects of divorce. However, you alone will determine how you manage the physical, emotional and mental consequences of divorce. Seeking out and maintaining a strong support network can be incredibly helpful, but most of the work that will need to be done in order to secure a healthy and happy future will be primarily yours to accomplish.

Seeking the guidance of an attorney who you can trust and who shares your vision for the legal aspects of the divorce process will aid you in preparing for the act of divorce. In preparing yourself for the more personal challenges that divorce inspires, you should consider how you best navigate fear, stress, loneliness and grief.

Excellent self-care can help you to stay physically, mentally and emotionally strong enough to bear the burdens of divorce. Excellent self-care can also help to prepare you for the potential joys and opportunities that await you in the future. How you choose to prepare yourself is up to you. But take care to consider how vital such preparation can be and embrace those preparations to the best of your ability.

Source: The Huffington Post, “11 Things To Expect When Splitting From Your Spouse,” Divorced Moms, March 2, 2015

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