On behalf of Bebout, Potere, Cox & Bennion, P.C. posted in divorce on Thursday, November 16, 2017.
Going through a divorce is hard, and being unprepared makes things even worse. Men and women in Michigan need to have their finances in order and have a plan for taking care of the children, but it is also helpful to be emotionally prepared as this will assist in making the process a little easier.
According to Psychology Today, divorcing couples need to surround themselves with a trusted social support system. It may be easier to hibernate and isolate themselves, but parties who have someone to talk with are not as emotionally drained by the process and everything that goes along with it. It is also important for women and men to grieve properly. While it is not healthy to give in to complete sadness, it is okay to go through the different stages such as denial, anger, bargaining, depression and, finally, acceptance.
One way to emotionally prepare for divorce is to set up systems and professionals before filing even occurs. Forbes recommends examining personal credit and making sure each party has individual banking accounts. This is especially important in relationships in which one spouse was being financially supported by the other. Securing checking and savings accounts and looking for employment puts the power in their own hands.
Choosing professionals to help get through a divorce will keep stress lower. Along with a good divorce attorney, many parties may also want to choose a financial planner and therapist to help with long-term plans. Choosing to end a marriage is hard, but having these things in place will help it go smoothly.