Steps to take when seeking a divorce
You have finally come to grips with the fact that you need to tell your spouse that you want a divorce. It is a big decision, but it is one that you have to make if you want a better life in the future.
While this conversation is difficult, you will feel better once it is in the past. You can then turn your attention to the future, which includes doing the following:
- Talk to your children: If applicable, sit down with your children, and your spouse, to discuss your divorce. The approach you take depends on their age.
- Get your house in order: Divorce will impact you in many ways, with your finances at the top of the list. Start by looking at our website on the How to Help Us Help You section. Try to gather all applicable documentation that is requested in that section both financial and with respect to your children, if you have any.
- Prepare for the divorce process: You will face one major decision after the next during your divorce. Select an attorney that you are comfortable with and have confidence in. If you are in therapy, speak to your therapist. If the children are in therapy, alert the therapist as to what will be occuring. This may be a long road ahead so prepare for all of the possibilities.
No two people face the exact same circumstances after asking for a divorce, but everyone will have a long list of to-dos they must handle.
Once you prioritize your to-do list, you can begin to work through it with the goal of preparing yourself for everything to come. With the right approach, you can protect your legal rights and put your mind at ease.