If you are considering a divorce, imagine it as one of the most significant events in your life. Next to being born, dying, having a child or a major health issue, a divorce is likely the next most significant event of your life.
The law is the law, and if you hire an experienced, skilled attorney, they will look out for your legal interests. However, you need to be your attorney’s partner in providing information, discussing issues and participating in the decision-making process, decisions that will impact you for the rest of your life.
Whether you are the person initiating the divorce or are totally blindsided by your spouse, not expecting it to happen, it is critical to manage your emotional health. Divorce is both a legal and a psychological process. It has been studied for years and can be as emotionally overwhelming as the death of a close family member.
To effectively partner with your attorney, good mental health, a clear head and working hard to address your entirely appropriate emotions is vital to a fair outcome. If you are not thinking clearly or you feel totally overwhelmed with feelings, you cannot effectively assist your attorney when attempting to help you.
Take time to consider counseling, talking to a close friend or family member or religious figure. Having someone to talk to about your feelings is very important during a divorce.