5 important questions to ask before getting a divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Tuesday, June 20, 2017.

Divorce will be the one of the most difficult decisions of your life. It is important to plan for the reality of divorce with the following five questions.

1. Is the marriage irretrievably broken?

Consider everything that you and your spouse would need to do to recover your marriage. Can you sustain a healthy and happy marriage if you and your spouse commit to making these changes?

2. Are you prepared for post-divorce costs?

Many people underestimate the cost of divorce. Create a post-divorce budget for separated living expenses. The total cost of housing, bills, childcare and other essentials can quickly add up. Speak with an attorney to create a financial plan for divorce. If you are unable to support yourself after divorce, then spousal maintenance may be an option.

3. How does the idea of divorce affect your self-image?

Some people view divorce as a personal failure. This feeling can be expected, but is not helpful for your self-image. Instead, think about how much effort you put into the relationship. If you have tried your best, then divorce may be the most positive solution for your family.

4. Are you prepared for the everyday tasks that were once your spouse’s responsibility?

Prepare to manage new tasks after divorce, such as financial matters or household chores. You may need to learn new skills to accommodate for your spouse’s role. If children are involved, then talk about how appointments and after-school activities can be split among you both.

5. How can you protect your children through divorce?

Consider how communication with your spouse may affect your children. Try to be open and understanding, even when it seems difficult. In the end, divorce may lead to a healthier environment for you and your children.

The reality of post-divorce life will be difficult without mental and financial preparation. These are just some of the questions that can help you plan for divorce. Contact a family law attorney to learn more about planning for divorce.

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