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Ready to divorce? 3 things to think about

Did you know that January is often referred to as "divorce month?" This is a time of year when there appears to be an uptick in the number of divorce filings. This could be due to a number of factors, from stressful holiday seasons to the desire for a "fresh start" that often comes at the beginning of a new year.

Whatever the reasons may be, you or your spouse may have decided that this is the month when you will actually start the divorce process. Before you get ahead of yourself, there are a few things you will want to think about.

What kind of divorce do you want?

Getting divorced is not exactly easy or enjoyable, but there is a variety of ways to make the process easier, faster, safer or more amicable. Depending on your goals and the specifics of your situation, you could pursue:

  • Collaborative divorce
  • Mediation
  • Litigation

What are your priorities? 

Several factors will be addressed in most divorces, and prioritizing them can help you choose your battles, which could make the process go more smoothly. Factors to consider include:

  • Child and spousal support
  • Custody and visitation
  • Property division

Where do you see yourself next January?

Contemplating this question can help you do some long-term thinking. Right now, you may very well be consumed by feelings of anxiety, fear, anger and sadness. However, you likely won't want to feel like that in a year. Stop and think:

  • Do you see yourself co-parenting?
  • Do you want to be living somewhere else? 
  • How will you be supporting yourself?

Making an effort to consider these questions and reflect on what you want from your divorce can be critical in getting through this difficult time. You would also be wise to consult an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your rights and legal options as you navigate the divorce process.

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