Thinking with a clear mind can be challenging during a divorce. Yet, if you allow the situation to get the better of you, you may suffer more than necessary in the long term.
During any divorce, there are specific issues that you need to deal with. The more lucid your thinking, the more likely you can achieve a beneficial outcome.
Where will I live during and after the divorce?
Housing becomes an immediate issue once you decide to separate. Can you continue to live under the same roof for a few months, or does one of you need to move out? You may even take turns to stay in your house with the kids. Long term, you need to consider whether you wish to remain in the same home or the same area.
How will I afford to live on my own?
If you stayed at home to look after the kids, you probably need to return to work. Are your skills up to date? Or will you need further training to find a job that pays enough to live on one wage? If you both worked, dropping from two incomes to one will lower your household budget. Ensuring you get a fair share when dividing your assets will be essential to set you off on the right footing.
What custody arrangements are best for my children?
Custody arrangements are perhaps the most important of all divorce decisions. You and your spouse are the ones getting a divorce; your children have no say in the matter. You need to put them first when making custody decisions.
There is a lot to think about during the divorce, so it pays to get legal help to ensure you understand your rights and achieve a workable deal.