You may have never pictured yourself as someone who would one day want a divorce. When you got married, you likely imagined yourself growing old with your spouse and watching your children thrive all while feeling immense love and happiness. However, over time, you came to realize that this was not the path your marriage was going to take.
At this time, you may not have made any moves to get the ball rolling on ending your marriage. Holding back until you are certain and organized can help you avoid any missteps along the way. While you may believe that divorce is the best option for your situation, you may first want to make sure you set yourself on the right track.
Assess your situation
In some cases, individuals may feel hopeless and believe that divorce is the only option when they have not yet looked at other ways of dealing with their marital issues. In some cases, counseling can help Pennsylvania couples find resolutions and reopen lines of communication that may have been closed for some time.
Of course, you may have tried this route without any beneficial results. Other options may also have failed in helping you feel that your marriage has a chance. If so, you may feel confident in your decision to move forward with ending the relationship.
Consider your finances
Though divorce may help you regain a sense of self and of happiness, you may want to remember that it can also take an immense toll on your finances. It may prove helpful to look at your assets, debts, marital property and other aspects of your finances to determine where you are now, what you could afford on your own and how legal expenses may impact you. You may also need this information if you allowed your spouse to handle most of the household bills and financial transactions.
Determine your goals
Divorce essentially involves ending a contract. As a result, you may benefit from taking a business-like approach to your case. You may want to determine what goals you have as far as property division outcomes, alimony, child custody, child support and other areas that the legal proceedings will address. By knowing what you want, you may have a better chance of creating a strategy to help you reach those goals.
It is also wise to consider your options for legal assistance. An attorney can help you review your situation and determine what courses of action may best suit your needs and desires.