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Resolving to divorce in 2022? Start preparations now

Jan 3, 2022 | Divorce

A new year often brings a sense of hope and ambition. People want to make this year better than the last, which could mean putting an end to unhappy, unfulfilling or harmful marriages.

If you are among those looking into getting a divorce in 2022, now is a good time to start your preparations.

Get your paperwork in order

Whether you and your soon-to-be-ex-spouse are on the same page about splitting up or not, it is crucial that you start organizing important documentation sooner rather than later. For instance, once you decide to divorce, you will want to:

  • Access and document bank account information
  • Collect tax returns for previous years
  • Keep detailed notes about household contributions and parenting responsibilities
  • Start (or continue) tracking your monthly expenses

These measures can make it easier to make the transition out of a marriage and minimize the risk of something valuable getting lost or hidden. They can also protect you against false allegations or other negative actions by your ex.

Consult a legal representative

Speaking to a legal representative can be like getting an estimate to repair your car after an accident. There can be issues you may not see, costs you underestimate and logistics you may not understand about the work that needs to be done. Consulting someone with experience and knowledge on these matters can help you make informed decisions and avoid costly mistakes.

Articles like this one provide recommendations on the types of questions and information you may want to address during your first meeting.

Talk to your spouse

When you are ready, you will need to talk to your spouse and tell them you want to divorce. They might be shocked and upset, or they could be on the same page. Either way, choose the time and place of this conversation wisely.

Generally, having this discussion in a comfortable, quiet place away from your kids and other distractions can be a good idea. It will likely be a painful and challenging conversation, but it can go a little more smoothly if you plan what you want to say and try to remain as calm and peaceful as possible.

These suggestions can allow you to navigate this challenging process more easily so that you can focus on your future.

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