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Answer these questions before you decide to divorce

There may come a time when you strongly believe that asking your spouse for a divorce is the best way to improve your life and better enjoy the future. While it's common to go down this path, it's a big decision that requires quite a bit of preparation.

Here are five questions to answer before you decide in favor of divorce:

  • Have you considered other options? In other words, you should think long and hard about the best way to stabilize your marriage. For example, some people find that counseling works for them. However, there may come a point when you realize there is nothing you can do to make things better. Regardless, look into all your options.
  • Are you thinking with a clear mind: There may be something clouding your judgment, such as a recent job loss or some source of anger in your life. Clear your mind before you decide to seek a divorce.
  • Do you know what the divorce process entails? It's easy to assume that divorce is the answer, but that doesn't mean that pushing through the process is easy. You must prepare yourself accordingly, as it will impact your personal life and finances in many ways.
  • How will you handle this in regard to your children? If you have a child or children with your soon to be ex-spouse, you need a plan for keeping them safe and secure during this difficult time.
  • Do you know how your life will change after divorce? With a better idea of what to expect, it's easier to plan accordingly, such as finding a new place to live and getting on board with the idea of co-parenting.

No matter how hard you try, there is no surefire way to prepare for the divorce process. The best thing you can do is answer all the most important questions up front, while planning for anything and everything you could face in the near future.

Once you decide that divorce is the answer, turn your attention to the legal process and the steps you can take to protect your rights. It's critical to understand what you're getting into, as this makes it easier to find your way through the process in a timely manner.

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