What to Do Before You Divorce

Posted by Leslie SarjiNov 21, 20140 Comments

Deciding that you want to pursue a divorce is a huge step, and one that may take a toll on you emotionally. As such, you may wish to get it over with quickly, and tell your spouse as soon as possible. Before you do, it is imperative that you prepare in advance for anything that may arise.

What To Do In Advance

Before you say the words, it may be in your best interest to make separate living arrangements in case you need to leave your marital home. Consider asking a friend or finding another apartment.

You might also want to consider getting a post office box until the divorce is finalized. Your revelation that you want a divorce might make your soon-to-be ex-spouse suspicious, and he or she might go through your mail, or might throw it away out of spite.

Get into contact with an experienced divorce attorney so that you can develop a good understanding of what to expect during a divorce, and how you should plan for it. An attorney can help you assess your situation and can give you insight.

Take some time to figure out how you will pay for things in your life while you go through the divorce. This may depend on whether or not you currently have an income; if not, an attorney can help you secure temporary support from your soon-to-be ex-spouse to help you live while the divorce proceeds.

How To Tell Your Spouse You Want Out

It's important to take some time and think about how you will tell your spouse that it's over and you want a divorce. While you can never fully anticipate how your spouse will react to the news,  consider a few things. The more he or she is surprised or shocked by your news, the longer it will take him or her to accept the divorce. And the less your spouse accepts it, the more he or she will try to talk you out of your decision.

Be considerate about the timing of when you tell your spouse; choose a time when the two of you will have some uninterrupted time. Turn of the phones and make sure the children are elsewhere and fully attended. Remain calm and serious as you express how you feel.

Things to Do After You Say The Words

After you have voiced your intentions out loud to your spouse, if you are still sure that you want to get divorced, then it is time to initiate divorce proceedings. If you haven't already contacted a divorce lawyer, do so immediately. Your attorney will get your legal paperwork started for you.

If you feel stressed, angry, or depressed, consider talking to a therapist, counselor, clergy person, friend or family member if you find that you need someone to talk to. Lean on the shoulder of someone you trust and is a good listener.

Contacting a Charleston Divorce Lawyer

Getting divorced is hard emotionally and often times financially, but it is usually a change that at least one spouse strongly believes needs to be made. If you need help contemplating your divorce, or are ready to file divorce papers, please contact the experienced Charleston divorce lawyers at Sarji Law Firm, LLC today. Please get in touch with us by calling 843-323-4341.

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