3 Ways To Prepare Your Life (And Your Heart) For A Divorce

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Find out if divorce is really in your future.

Often when we are approaching big decisions — especially life-changing decisions — we start by asking ourselves questions.

We may meditate and go over it in our mind for days, weeks, months and yes, even years. This struggle to figure out when your marriage is over can be totally and utterly confusing, not to mention exhausting.

You probably know something is wrong in your relationship, but you don’t know what to do, or how to fix it. Perhaps you feel deeply torn, and worry about how divorce will impact your family and your children. You worry that whatever steps you take will be irreversible and that the life you end up with will be way worse than the life you know.

If you feel as if you are spinning endlessly, asking yourself, "Should I get a divorce?",  there are three things you can do that will help stop that spinning, and gain clarity and momentum toward a resolution:

1. Find a partner.
When you are in that place of spinning, you need to talk with someone you can trust. We recommend it be a professional if possible. Whom you share with is important.

What kind of professional?
• The guidance counselor at your kids' school
• A lawyer (even if just for a consultation)
• A therapist who will help you focus on the emotional aspects
• An advisor or coach who guides you through the whole process

What if you do not have access to a professional? Ask yourself:
• Who do I really respect?
• Who will keep my story confidential?
• Who will give me genuine and constructive feedback?
• Who will suspend her/his own vested interests in my life?

2. Educate yourself.
The unknown is the scariest part. So it’s important to start gathering information. Armed with information, you will not only make more informed choices, but you’ll feel more in control of the situation.

• Find out what divorce laws are in your state
• Ask your friends if they have attorneys they would recommend
• Look for support groups in your area
• Look for free information: Go to workshops and attend webinars, sign up for free eBooks and newsletters and learn everything you can

3. Take one step every day.
When it comes to breakups and divorces, often we stall or avoid things that we really don’t want to do or that are painful for us. This results in weeks and months slipping by without any progress toward your divorce.

Instead, do one thing each day. Even if it’s very small, take a step:

• Open a new bank account of your own
Start a journal
• Make plans with a friend
• Schedule a meeting with an attorney or accountant
• Start looking online for a new house or apartment
• Reach out to someone you know who has been through a divorce

The key is to get out of your head and make a move, no matter how small. One step will lead to another and you will begin to see and feel things differently. Understand that taking a step does not mean you are necessarily getting a divorce.

It means you are finding out about your rights and your choices, and from there you will make the right decision.

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This article was originally published at www.sasforwomen.com . Reprinted with permission from the author.