Emotions can run high when preparing for a divorce. That’s why Carolyn Grimes, partner at Wade, Grimes, Friedman, Meinken & Leischner, says it is better to chart your course of action as soon as possible. Giving yourself enough time to sort through emotions while still keeping the practical concerns a priority is paramount to a successful divorce. What exactly are the proper steps when preparing for divorce? Grimes shares her insights below:

Establish Do’s & Don’ts

Set boundaries with your ex-partner and your family members when going through a divorce. Communicate with your soon-to-be ex-spouse only as often as you are comfortable, but communicate clearly on practical matters and matters involving any children. Limit your social media sharing. Anything you say publicly could come back to bite you in divorce court, so silence is golden.

Develop a Plan Before & After the Divorce

While the steps involved in preparing for a divorce, such as retaining an attorney, may seem obvious, it is important to consider the “after.” Divorce is a huge life change, so make sure to look to set yourself up with new hobbies, social engagements and other activities that fulfill you. Regaining a sense of self can go a long way toward reestablishing both order and purpose in your life.

Prioritize Communication & Connection

Assembling the right support system and communicating your needs is vital when going through a divorce. Sometimes it takes a village, as they say, and when going through this life change, it’s best to rally your troops. Clearly communicate your needs and spend time with those who value you most.

Assess Your Finances

It won’t come as a surprise that divorce is a financial commitment. Before you head to court, analyze your finances.  Doing so will help you to keep to any budgets you set, and provide insight  into long term asset division.

Consult the Professionals

With expert guidance, you can help limit the doubt that creeps in when preparing for divorce. Find a lawyer who understands your unique needs, communicates effectively, and ultimately prioritizes your best outcomes.

Whether you are facing a family law, protective order, estate planning, bankruptcy, and/or criminal-law-related issue, Wade Grimes Friedman Meinken & Leischner PLLC is here for you during challenging times.