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Things to do leading up to divorce

There is no worse feeling than knowing that a divorce is imminent. Even if you know it's for the best, there's something about having this hang over your head that can cause more stress than you ever thought possible.

Despite the fact that divorce can be one of the most difficult times of your life, there are steps you can take leading up to the process that can ease the pain. Here are a few things you absolutely need to do:

  • Decide once and for all if you still have feelings for your spouse. If you do, divorce may not be the right answer just yet. If you don't, you can be confident in your decision to push forward.
  • Get serious about moving forward. Divorce is a big deal, so you should never use it as a threat to get what you want from your spouse. Once you know that divorce is the right answer, you need to take action.
  • Get all your details in order. Do you have a property division checklist? Have you opened a separate bank account? Do you know what to expect legally as the divorce process unfolds?

These are the types of things you can do as you inch closer to divorce. By taking the right steps upfront, you'll find it a bit easier to get what you want in the end.

Most importantly, make sure you're 100 percent sure that divorce is the best solution. Once you're sure, focus on your legal rights, take action and then do whatever it takes to finalize your divorce in a timely manner.

Source: Live About, "Questions You Should Answer If You Are Considering Divorce," accessed April 26, 2018

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