Divorce can hit you like a ton of bricks. Even if you know it’s for the best, you’re likely to have concerns about the process, about how to protect your legal rights and about how to retain (or regain) some stability in your life.
Even though you have a lot happening right now, it’s vital that you think past the divorce process. Here are some questions to think about as you look toward the future:
- Where will you live? This depends largely on the approach that you take with your family home. If you don’t want to stay put or the home goes to your ex-spouse, you should have a plan on where you’ll live post-divorce.
- Do you have a budget? A post-divorce budget should outline your monthly income and expenses, thus giving you a clear idea of how much money you need to make ends meet. If applicable, include any child support and/or alimony payments that you’ll make or receive.
- What can you do to provide stability for your children? Your role is based largely on the details of your parenting agreement. For example, if you have physical custody your children will live with you. But even if you only have visitation rights, you can still spend time with your children.
Don’t focus so much of your time on your current challenges that you forget to prepare for life after divorce. You’re going through a rough patch, but it’s your goal to get your life back in order as soon as possible. Once you have a plan for your post-divorce life, you can begin to take steps to implement it. This will allow you to live your best life down the road.