Your approaching divorce may be inevitable, but that doesn’t mean you just want to move forward without a plan. The more you can learn about the process, the better you’ll be prepared for the future.
You also have to consider how you, personally, want to approach your divorce. The experience is not the same for everyone, nor should it be. With that in mind, it’s helpful to ask the right questions early on.
Questions to get you started on the road to your divorce
The following questions can help you get started, but you should just use them as a jumping-off point, and they can naturally lead you to more specific questions about your unique situation:
- What are your goals for the divorce? Examples include retaining valuable assets or spending as much time as possible with the kids.
- Do you want to go to court or work with a mediator? Will your spouse likely be open to mediation or make the divorce difficult?
- What is your budget for the divorce and how much do you expect it to cost? What is your plan for your financial future?
- Do you care how quickly the process goes? Some couples want to get it over with as soon as possible, while others are willing to take their time.
- What are your major concerns about the divorce process? Understanding your priorities can help you make better choices.
- What do you envision your future looking like after the divorce is finalized? When you know what you want, you can actively work toward that result.
With these questions, you can work to form a strategy that fits with your goals and plans for the future. You don’t want to take a cookie-cutting approach or assume that what worked for someone else will work for you. Understanding your objectives helps you look into all of the legal options you have.