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What can I do to prepare for divorce proceedings?

Preparation is the key to success for most things in life; from running a race, passing tests, getting your dream job or, yes, even working through a divorce. For most couples in New York who choose to end their marriage, divorce can be challenging. While there are those few who can quickly negotiate a settlement and move along, for others, being prepared to face the demands the divorce process can place on individuals can only help make this difficult part of life a little easier to finalize and cope with.

So, what can a person do to help prepare themselves for divorce proceedings? First and foremost, it is important to get finances organized. Money and property are often a significant cause of contention during a divorce. Having documentation of current financial records that include any assets, debts, valuable property, expenses and income can help ensure all property is accounted for before property is divided. Along with having updated financial records, obtaining a personal line of credit or having money stashed away for a rainy day may prove helpful when working through this process.

Secondly, seek professional assistance when needed. This can be the help of a family law attorney, financial advisor or even a therapist. Each of these individuals will work to support you and look out for your best interests during divorce proceedings.

Lastly, plan for the future. This can seem hard to do, especially if a divorce seems to drag on. However, having a plan for post divorce life can help individuals know what is worth fighting for in divorce and what is worth letting go.

Planning and preparing for divorce and post divorce life isn't a walk in the park, and it can be difficult to do. However, making the necessary provisions can help couples in New York by easing the process overall. Those who are willing to take the time to plan and seek legal guidance as soon as possible will only help themselves prepare to handle the stresses encountered during divorce proceedings.

Source: The Huffington Post, "What Do Marathons and Divorce Have in Common?", Diane L. Danois, J.D., Nov. 3, 2014

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