Planning for Divorce: Five Ways Divorce Will Change Your Life

There’s a reason why divorce is one of life’s biggest stressors. A relationship is ending, and in the wake of its demise, there are financial and personal complications. You may be so upset that planning properly for the divorce and your future beyond it seems impossible, but by making the effort, you will be better off in the long run.

The first thing you need to do is understand that divorce changes many aspects of your life. It’s important to plan ahead so that you’re not blindsided by the changes. Here are five particularly common changes that you can expect:

  1. You will need to change how your manage your household and possibly where you live.Even if you remain in the family home, you will be managing it on your own, which can be time-consuming and challenging if you’ve never had to do it without help before. If the home goes to your ex, you have to deal with the stress of moving.
  2. You will likely have to change the your budget and spending habits. Because divorces typically leave each party with less money, property, and retirement assets, budgeting becomes critical. Be prepared to adjust your spending habits.
  3. Your relationship with your children will be different. You may see them less often if they live primarily with your ex, or if you are the main caregiver, you will have to deal with the responsibility of day-to-day parenting on your own.
  4. You will feel strong and turbulent emotions. Even the most amicable divorce can be accompanied by stress, loneliness, and other difficult emotions.
  5. Your relationships with your in-laws and shared friends could change. If you and your ex had children, you will likely remain in contact with your in-laws, and the relationship may be strained depending on the circumstances behind the divorce. Your association with friends you had as a couple may also be affected.

Divorce can be an overwhelming process – and if you have questions or concerns about your situation, we can help. Give us a call today and let’s discuss your options.