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How to emotionally prepare for asking for a divorce

On Behalf of | Sep 11, 2023 | Divorce, Family Law |

People can become accustomed to their married life, making it difficult to divorce their spouse even when the marriage is causing more harm than good. The idea of being alone and starting again can be terrifying. One of the hardest parts of a divorce is dealing with your emotions and the aftermath of the decisions that led to your divorce settlement. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prepare yourself for this life-altering decision.

Seek emotional support

The decision to divorce your spouse is only yours to make. However, that does not mean you should go through the process alone. By surrounding yourself with close friends and family, you form a support group to get you through these trying times. Divorce should not force you to isolate from others because this could be the time you need them more than ever. Confide in your support group and get professional emotional support if necessary.

Financially strategize

You must accept that the marital standard of living you share with your spouse will change once you file for divorce. Because Georgia is an equitable distribution state, you have a right to a fair share of your marital property. You can begin gathering your financial records and assets, so you know which properties you have rights to. Start strategizing by creating a divorce budget and determining the assets that you will need most. If you took on a supportive role in the marriage, you could obtain alimony to allow you to become self-sufficient.

Prioritize your kids

If you share kids with your spouse, you should understand how the divorce will affect them and find ways to co-parent effectively. Prioritizing your kids is not a matter of staying together in a toxic relationship but providing them with the most stable and secure life after the divorce. Always fulfill your parental obligations so your kids know that you love them, and the divorce does not change your relationship with them.

Take time to process the divorce

It is okay to cry even if you are the one who wants a divorce. Grieving is healthy and one of the first steps to acceptance, but do not let your emotions control you. Acknowledge that hurting and crying are part of the healing process. At the end of it all, your goal is to heal and become a stronger person on your own.