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How to prepare emotionally for divorce

It is true that the process of divorce can be a traumatic and taxing experience. After all, no one reveres the end of a relationship where the couple pledged their lives together. Also, the powerful emotions that come about when a relationship ends can cloud a person’s judgment and lead to actions that may not be in their best interests.

When enduring the pressure of dismantling the relationship, along with the questions from family and friends about what is supposed to happen next, it is important that you prepare yourself mentally for the process. A large part of this involves preparation. With that said, this post will provide some helpful tips so that you can go through your divorce without losing your mind.

Keep your emotions out of it – It may be easier said than done, but arguably the best way to go through a divorce is to leave your emotions out of it. At its core, a divorce is essentially a business transaction where property and assets are divided.  Since business transactions are based dispassionately on numbers, the divorce should be managed the same way.

Don’t dwell on the past – Your marriage may have been a train wreck or you may have put your heart and soul into the relationship and got nothing in return. With a divorce, how your ex treated you during the marriage doesn’t necessarily matter (unless there was domestic violence involved). Because of this, it is helpful to leave the past in the past.

Gather financial documents – As we alluded to earlier, a divorce is a business transaction; a legal, orderly process for dividing marital assets. As such, basic financial documents, such as bank statements, payroll statements, tax statements and the like are needed.

If you have additional questions about preparing for divorce, a family law attorney can help.

 

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