3 things to prioritize before you file for a first-time divorce

On Behalf of | Jan 4, 2024 | Divorce

If you are like most people, the thought of going through a divorce fills you with anxiety, especially if it is the first (and hopefully only) time. You can and should strive to prepare for your divorce and its possible effects as thoroughly as possible. However, you may still encounter unexpected issues, outcomes and emotional side-effects.

Fortunately, prioritizing a few things before filing or during the early days of divorce can help you meet and overcome unanticipated challenges. Here are some things to consider.

Build a support network

Many people seriously underestimate the emotional upheaval that accompanies a divorce. Create a small circle of trusted friends and family members to lean on in difficult times. You can also seek more unbiased support by joining a divorce group. This support can help you process and deal with your emotions as they arise so they do not affect your decision-making.

Practice good self-care

Caring for yourself may sound unworthy of attention early in your divorce, but the last thing you need right now is to feel sick or exhausted. Get plenty of exercise and rest, stay hydrated and eat nutritious foods. That way, you are physically prepared to get through the stress and anxiety of divorce.

Understand the legal side

It is easy to focus on the impact divorce may have on you, your children or your lifestyle. It’s helpful to learn about the legal side of Pennsylvania divorces. Legal knowledge can protect your rights if a property or child custody dispute arises. However, having experienced legal guidance is also critical to protecting your rights and interests.