Walking away from a long-term marriage is a difficult situation because so much of your life is entangled with your spouse. There are many things that you have to consider when you’re going through this type of circumstance.
One of the most important things that you need to do when you’re leaving a marital relationship is to ensure you’re as prepared as much as you can be for the future. With that in mind, here are three questions to ask yourself:
1. What’s your budget?
The budget is one primary consideration because you need to know what you can afford on your own. You need to go through your bills, look at your income and decide what expenses you can cut out so you have a little more breathing room in the budget.
2. Where will you live?
Determining where you’re going to live is another big consideration. You and your spouse will have to decide who is moving out of the marital home and – ultimately – whether either of you will keep it. Some important considerations include who will have primary physical custody of any minor children and what needs to happen to take care of them.
3. How can you care for your needs?
You need to take care of yourself while you’re going through the divorce. Reducing your stress, eating a healthy diet, staying active and finding activities you enjoy can make this an easier time. Self-care during your divorce can help you avoid mental and physical health issues.
Divorce is a difficult thing to go through, but it’s manageable with the right guidance. You may wish to consider a collaborative approach to your divorce since that can help you and your spouse move forward with the least amount of conflict.