You’ve tried your best to make your marriage work, but you’ve come to the conclusion that it’s time to file for divorce. It’s a bitter pill to swallow, but staying in a bad marriage won’t do you any good.

Here are some steps to take if you decide that you want to file for divorce:

  • Get your thoughts together: Before you share your true feelings with your spouse, have an idea of the approach you want to take. This will make it much easier to not only share your feelings but to also move the conversation forward with as little tension as possible.
  • Prepare for the future: Divorce is what you’re dealing with in the here and now, but it’ll be over at some point down the road. And when it is, you must have a plan in place for living your best life. Where will you live? How will you support yourself? Do you have a budget to lean on?
  • Turn your attention toward your children: If you have children with your soon to be ex-spouse, take steps to maintain stability and ensure that they’re not overwhelmed by the process. This should always be at the top of your priority list. 

There’s no right or wrong way to prepare for the divorce process, but there will always be things you can do to protect yourself and your legal rights. Once you have a plan in place, it’s all about following through. As you move forward, it’ll become apparent as to what you should do, what you shouldn’t do and the best way to protect your future.