People sometimes assume that divorce tends to be a spur-of-the-moment event. A couple gets in a fight, one person gets frustrated, and they threaten to get divorced. The situation escalates, and their disagreement turns into the end of their marriage.
This certainly does happen, but it’s not nearly as common as you may assume. Most of the time, divorce is a slow process that you can see coming, and that’s why planning ahead is both possible and wise. Here are a few things to think about.
When do you want to bring it up?
One thing you can plan for is when will be a good time to talk to your spouse. You can often reduce conflict in the divorce if you pick the right time to broach the subject. For instance, try to avoid any major events or stressors in your spouse’s life.
What will your budget look like?
You also want to begin planning for what life will look like after the divorce. Your budget is going to change because your income levels will fall. You may also have higher expenses since you’re now living on your own. Planning out your budget beforehand can help you know how to seek the assets that you deserve in the divorce.
What do the children want?
If you have older children, you may want to include them in this planning process. Where do they want to live? What are they most concerned about? How do they want to be involved with both you and your ex after the split? Get their feedback so that you can plan for a successful future.
As you begin to work toward your divorce, you also want to take the time to carefully look into your legal options.