Important Reminders As ‘Divorce Week’ Kicks Off
January 8th is reportedly the beginning of “divorce week,” where the highest number of couples decide to initiate divorce proceedings. To that end, we have provided some recommendations below on how to make it through, as well as important things to keep in mind.
Some of the most common topics that partners argue about include: in-laws and other relatives, drinking, sex, children, money, and housework. What can often throw a couple into a heated argument is bringing up the subject at an inopportune time as opposed to planning a time to sit down together and discuss something as a group in order to put a plan of action together to prevent the same issue from coming up again.
Plan, Plan, Plan
One piece of advice that some experts offer is to ask yourself about the specifics: what is it about this specific issue or behavior that concerns you? Does it involve how you are treated, how your partner treats themselves, etc.? Preparing for the discussion ahead of time can help ensure that your partner better understands why something bothers you instead of feeling attacked. Once you’ve identified the cause of the problem, it can often become easier to find a simple solution that can turn the issue around.
Long-Term Financial Planning
If you do move forward with divorce, remember that the process isn’t just about making decisions about the ‘immediate,’ but also the long-term planning. This is especially important when it comes to the financial decisions. Some key things to consider as you prepare or go through divorce include:
- Ensuring that you protect your credit score (especially when it comes to unexpected payments from your ex);
- Making sure any and all joint accounts are closed (not only bank accounts, but credit cards, etc.);
- Remembering that your pension could be the second most valuable asset next to the family home. You will want to stay vigilant about protecting your interest in it, especially since there is a significant disparity between men and women when it comes to pensions in general; and
- Updating your will.
Even if you are not contemplating divorce at this time in your life, you want to ensure that you possess a certain amount of “financial literacy” when it comes to how your assets are managed so that you always know enough to ensure that you are protected, should circumstances change.
Find the Right Florida Divorce Lawyer
It is invaluable to have someone working with you, by your side, providing you with guidance and advice, and ensuring that your interests are protected, as you contemplate and go through divorce. Contact our experienced divorce attorneys at HD Law Partners today to find out how we can help; we serve clients in Fort Myers, Orlando, Sarasota, Tampa, and surrounding areas of Florida.