Knowledge Is Power in Divorce
For many individuals going through a divorce, the process can be frightening, stressful, and, at times, completely overwhelming. To be sure, ending a marriage is rarely easy; anyone who says otherwise has probably never experienced it. On the other hand, your divorce does not need to be as traumatic as you might think, even taking into account the wide range of accompanying emotions. Perhaps the biggest source of anxiety and trouble in a divorce is the fear of the unknown. What should I do first? Then what? How much will it cost? Will I be okay when it is all over? While questions like these are certainly valid, a little effort and research can help you obtain the knowledge you need to face your divorce with a sense of confidence and hope.
Knowledge of Your Current Situation
Before you even begin the divorce process, you need to take stock of what you own, both individually and as a couple. This can be rather difficult if your spouse has been handling the household finances, but now is the time for you to learn. Go through bank records, tax returns, credit card statements, and any other available documents to be sure you know exactly where you stand financially. You should also make a list of physical property that is likely to be divided between you and your spouse, including cars, furniture, valuable jewelry and antiques, artwork, and real estate. Last, but certainly not least, if you have children, you will need to fully understand their needs, especially in light of upcoming changes.
Knowledge of the Process
Once you know what you have, you will need to learn more about how divorce proceedings work. Of course, your specific situation may be slightly different based on your ability—or lack thereof—to work cooperatively with your spouse along the way. There are countless resources available in print and online—including right here on this site—that can help you understand what to expect. The actual issues of your divorce will be challenging enough. Going into the process blindly will only make things more difficult for you.
Knowledge That You Made the Right Choice
The decision to divorce should be a last resort, and, as such, should only be made after all other options have been exhausted. If you know that you have done everything you could do to save your marriage, yet you still find yourself unhappy or in an unhealthy relationship, the time has probably come to end it. If you cannot be certain about your decision, your apprehension is likely to weigh heavily on you during the proceedings and for years into the future. Talk to trusted family members and seek professional help, if necessary, but once you have made the difficult decision to divorce, own it, and move forward with confidence.
If you are thinking about divorce, an experienced Geneva divorce lawyer can help provide the answers you need to whatever questions you may have. At our law firm, we believe that knowledge is the key to navigating the divorce process successfully. Call 630-232-9700 to schedule a confidential consultation today.