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How to Prepare for Divorce Before You Even Decide

Updated: Mar 23, 2023

No one enters a marriage intending to get divorced. But, unfortunately, sometimes things just don't work out. And if you find yourself in that position, it's important to be as prepared as possible—both emotionally and financially. Here are some things to keep in mind if you're considering divorce.

1. Get a coach.

A divorce coach can help you navigate the divorce process—something that's especially important if your divorce is going to be contested. A coach can also connect you with other resources, like attorneys and financial planners.

2. Gather all of your financial documents.

You'll need tax returns, pay stubs, bank statements, investment account statements, and any other documents that show your income and assets. This is important not only for the divorce itself but also for creating a post-divorce budget.

3. Make a budget.

Speaking of budgeting, now is the time to start thinking about what your finances will look like after the divorce is final. Will you be able to maintain your current lifestyle? Do you need to make some changes? Figuring this out now will help prevent any major surprises down the road.

4. Consider the type of divorce you may pursue.

If you and your soon-to-be ex are on relatively good terms, Mediation or Collaborative Divorce may be a good option for you. This can save you both time and money—and it might even make the divorce process less stressful. If your divorce may be contested, complicated or if your marriage involved abuse a divorce coach can help you figure out your best option.

Of course, every divorce is different, so not every one of these tips will apply to every situation. But if you're considering ending your marriage, these are some things to keep in mind as you move forward.

5. See a therapist or counselor.

This is perhaps the most important thing you can do before getting divorced. A therapist can help you process your emotions and give you the tools you need to deal with this difficult time. If you have children, a therapist can also help them understand and cope with what's happening.

Divorce is never easy—but being as prepared as possible can help make the process just a little bit easier. If you're considering ending your marriage, take some time to see a therapist or counselor, gather all of your financial documents, make a budget, and consider the type of divorce you may pursue. Taking these steps now will help set you up for success in the future.

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