Although around 50% of marriages end in divorce, it does not make it any easier for couples who go through the process. While some may want to avoid thinking about it, preparing financially and emotionally is beneficial and often helps ease some of the stress.
According to the Huffington Post, there are specific things each spouse can do before, and during, the divorce process. A big one is to gather all evidence of assets and bank accounts. If one suspects the other spouse is hiding assets, it may be worth hiring a financial investigator to determine exactly what the financial situation is.
If one spouse stays at home, it is smart to consider future job opportunities, because spousal support is not that common, and it is rarely a long-term thing. One may need to go back to school or seek out specific job training.
A couple needs to decide if they are going to go with the traditional court route or try divorce mediation. For couples who can communicate and negotiate, mediation is less expensive, quicker and often less stressful.
It is also a good idea to plan financially for after the divorce. Most people’s income will decrease, so it is imperative to write out a new budget and figure out living arrangements ahead of time.
According to Psychology Today, it is also important to prepare emotionally for divorce. Experts recommend healthily grieving, which means accepting the stages such as denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. It is also healthy to seek social support, even when one does not feel like it. Having a support system helps prevent loneliness and puts things into perspective.