Once you make the decision to get a divorce, you may be unsure of how to proceed. You and your spouse will need to separate a life that you built together. Between your children, finances and property, you have multiple pieces of your life tangled together. You may worry about losing out on significant possessions and custody time.
As you proceed with your divorce, defining your goals can help you determine what is most important to the outcome. You can create a clear plan of action, letting you focus on what you want out of the process. Here are a few questions to ask yourself as you prepare:
How will you share custody?
Custody battles can become contentious, especially if one or both parents don’t want to share. Deciding on the level of parenting time you want lets you determine how to proceed. If you want to ensure you will continue to have a strong relationship with your children, you can make a goal for full or shared custody.
How will you support yourself?
Whether you sacrificed a career to take care of house and home or relied on both spouses’ paychecks to get by, you may be unsure about your post-divorce finances. Calculating your cost of living and creating a budget lets you confirm your goals for your career or spousal support.
What property is important to you?
When you and your spouse divide your property, you may both want certain important assets like a house or jewelry. You may also have investment accounts and retirement plans that will continue to grow. As you prepare for the divorce, you can make a list of the possessions that are most important to you and which ones you are willing to let go.
How do goals help divorcing spouses?
Once you have determined your must-haves in divorce, you can create a list of your goals. This list focuses your energy on the things that are important to you. You can also rely on your goals to try and take the emotions out of the process. Instead of taking something away from your spouse, you can keep the things that you want.
Once the divorce is over, your goals can help you transition into your new life.