Between 40 to 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce.
In many cases, divorce is as inevitable as falling in love in the first place.
If you’re going through a divorce, you understandably want to get through the process as quickly and cleanly as possible. To do so, you’ll need to do some prep work.
Keep reading to find out everything you’ll need to create a pre-divorce checklist.
Organize Your Finances
By the time everything is said and done, the average divorce costs about $15,000 per person.
Even if you’re doing well financially, $15,000 is enough to set anyone back.
Therefore, it’s important to have a good grip on your finances. Begin by assessing your current income and expenses.
Are you making enough money to maintain your financial independence? If not, you’ll need to look into spousal support options such as alimony.
Likewise, if your spouse requires alimony, you’ll have to make sure you can cover the cost each month without it becoming a serious burden.
Consider Your Living Situation
One of the toughest parts of a divorce is knowing that at least one partner will leave the home for good.
Whether you or your spouse end up packing your bags, you’ll need to reassess your living situation.
If you move out, can you afford to live on your own? Or are you able to make mortgage payments if your spouse moves out?
Another option is to sell your house. You can split the expenses with your spouse and share the profits when it comes time to close.
Not every divorce needs to become a knock-down-drag-out fight.
Sometimes, divorce can be downright civil!
Mediation is a great option for couples looking to settle things quickly, peacefully, and among themselves.
And while it isn’t free, it’s a much cheaper option than spending months in court.
Contact a Lawyer
Even if you choose to go the mediation route, you’ll want to have some form of legal counsel if for no other reason than to simplify the proceedings.
A great lawyer can provide advice, help you navigate paperwork, and of course, fight for you in court if need be.
As BB Law Group points out, divorce litigation is often a last-ditch effort. But facing the process on your own can be downright daunting.
At the very least, get the names and numbers of a few trusted legal resources so you can give them a call if needed.
Find a Healthy Emotional Outlet
Though divorce takes a toll on your wallet, its biggest effect will likely be on your emotions.
Now is the time to rally around your family and friends. Don’t be afraid to reach out. Make sure you’re taking care of yourself emotionally.
Also, don’t underestimate the power of a good therapist. Talking things out with an unbiased third-party can help you gain some serious perspective.
Start Creating a Pre-Divorce Checklist
Divorce is never easy.
But creating a pre-divorce checklist allows you to take control during a chaotic time.
Do your best to keep your divorce clean, civil, and as stress-free as possible.
And if you’re looking for more info on living your best life, make sure to check back with our blog!