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5 ways you can prepare for divorce

If your relationship with your spouse has deteriorated over the years, you might be considering divorce. You may already know that divorce can be complicated, time-consuming and stressful. This is especially true for people who go into it unprepared. Once you have decided that you cannot save your marriage, there are a few steps you can take to get ready for the divorce process before you have your first meeting with an attorney.

With a little bit of planning, you can prepare for divorce and be ready to take that first step toward your new life. Here are a few things you can do to get ready for divorce.

Watch the money

If you have been out of touch with the household finances and let your spouse handle that aspect of your lives, it is time to get more involved. Pay attention to the bank statements coming in and make a note of various account numbers. Examine the last few tax returns that you and your spouse have filed. This is a great way to obtain information about assets that are generating income and other financial information.

Open a credit card

If you and your spouse have joint credit card accounts, it's time to get one solely in your name. Not only will this guarantee that you have access to a credit card once divorce proceedings start but you will also be building your credit history. Set aside some cash in your own bank account in Dayton. In case your spouse decides to cut you off when the divorce starts, you will still be able to handle your personal expenses with the money you have put in your account.

Write it down

Divorce is often messy and complicated, especially if you have children. The scheduling alone can be stressful. This is why it helps to start writing things down. Keep track of who is doing what, including playdates, teacher conferences and after-school recreational activities. Also, write down anything else that seems like it might impact your divorce such as arguments.

Consider seeing a counselor

For some couples, marriage counseling can be exactly what they need to repair their marriages. For others, it might be too little too late. Even if you are fairly sure that divorce is inevitable, counseling can help you begin to communicate effectively which will be important during and after the divorce.

Make a social media plan

It is usually not ideal to let close friends and family know that you are planning to divorce by changing your relationship status on social media. This news is usually better delivered in a more personal way. Take the time to make a plan about how you will let people know about the divorce and how you will handle questions or comments posted on social media.

It may also be a good idea to limit your social media presence during the divorce. Constantly posting pictures of nights out with your friends or fancy vacations might have a serious impact on the divorce settlement and maybe even the custody order.

If you are considering divorce, the above tips can help you prepare. With a little bit of planning, you will be ready to navigate the divorce process.

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