Preparing for divorce is important and by preparing for it, divorcing spouses can develop a plan to prepare them for the emotional challenges associated with divorce and plan for how they want to address each divorce concern. Divorcing spouses should prioritize their concerns as they are going through the divorce process to enable them to have better results once the divorce is final.
Preparing for divorce
Initially, divorcing spouses should assess their financial situation and what it will look like following the divorce. It will likely change, which can take a toll on their emotions; property division can also be emotionally difficult. Property division may be complicated, especially if they are dealing with high-value assets. Divorcing spouses should prioritize their interests and begin to strategize about how to protect them.
The couple should also be sensitive to their children’s needs. Just as divorcing spouses need to adjust emotionally to divorce, children need to as well. Parents should listen to their children and be empathetic and be attuned to their emotional needs during the divorce.
Divorcing couples should also allow themselves to grieve the loss of their marriage. This process may look different for different spouses but it is important that each allows themselves to grieve.
It can be overwhelming for divorcing spouses to attend to the emotional health of children as well as their own during divorce, which is why they should rely on their social support networks, including friends, family and others, during the divorce process.
Preparing for divorce can be as valuable and important a process as the divorce process itself. Divorcing couples should know how to emotionally prepare for divorce so they can prioritize, in advance, and advocate for their interests.