Preparing For Divorce Part II: Tips For Building A Support System
In part two of our series on how to prepare for divorce, our attorneys at Buckhead Family Law think it is important for anyone going through the difficult divorce process to have a support system around them. Divorce is complex in many ways: legally, financially, and emotionally and having the right people around you is crucial to moving forward in a positive way.
Below are some tips to help you both identify and engage friends and professionals that can help guide you through this life-changing event:
- Friends and family: While there are several professional connections you may need to make during the divorce process, there is no substitute for surrounding yourself and engaging with your close friends and family. Divorce can be both extremely stressful and emotionally draining. No one should go through it alone. Make sure to take time for yourself as well as reach out to friends and family members that you enjoy spending time with.
- Counseling and therapy: Divorce can bring out a true range of emotions. Sadness, frustration, anger, fear, excitement, nervousness, and relief are all common experiences during this process. While many may rely on friends to help them move forward, for others, professional counseling and therapy can be highly effective tools to help you process these emotions without letting them get the better of you. At Buckhead Family Law, we frequently recommend finding a trusted counsel or therapist to help you navigate this time in your life.
- Financial analysis and planning: Divorce comes with its fair share of math problems. Separating your financial life from your spouse’s can be a complex problem with dozens of moving parts. From division of assets and debts to alimony and child support, it can be difficult to envision what your financial life will look like once the divorce is final. Financial planners and CPAs can be invaluable resources to help you analyze your financial circumstances to gain a clear understanding of how to allocate your resources once the dust settles.
- Childcare: If you have young children, your childcare needs may shift during or after the divorce. Divorce can be a traumatizing experience for children if their needs are not met. It is important that you take stock of your childcare situation and ensure that, as you and your spouse separate from each other, your children are always well cared for. Be sure to discuss the changes in your schedule with your childcare provider to make sure everyone is on the same page.
- Legal representation: Finally, divorce is a complex legal process with many rules, deadlines, and court procedures that can be very unfamiliar to the uninitiated. Retaining skilled divorce counsel is critical to ensuring that you have been fully apprised of your rights, responsibilities, obstacles, and options. At Buckhead Family Law, our experienced family law attorneys are ready to immediately engage with you to develop a plan for your case and work with you every step of the way to move your life forward.