Seven Tips for Divorce in Difficult Economic Times. By: Law Offices of Steven B. Chroman P.C. Santa Clarita Divorce

1. Decide what you want. No one can have it all – not in good times, and especially not in bad times. If you want to get divorced and your spouse is unemployed, your house is over-mortgaged, and you’re swimming in credit card debt, you can still do it – but you’re not going to walk out of the courtroom free of debt and with a nice sized nest egg to start your new life.

2. Explore your options. Regardless of whether you are ready or able to get divorced now, you can still meet with a lawyer and find out what your legal options are. You can meet with a counselor or therapist and start dealing with your emotions and the relationships you are in. You can start preparing yourself, not only to be ready to get divorced in the future, if that’s what you choose to do, but to live a better life in the present.

3. Make a plan for your future. If you want to get divorced, but you can’t afford to do it right away, make a plan for improving your situation and moving forward in the future. If money is your issue, you need to find a way to make more and/or spend less.

4. Brainstorm creative solutions. Divorce is never easy. Getting divorced in the middle of an economic downturn is even harder. No matter how much you try to juggle your finances, you just may find that you don’t have any good choices.  Whatever your situation, if you allow yourself to think of every possible option, you just may come up with a solution to your problem that gets you what you want, although maybe not exactly the way you wanted it.

5. Have patience. You didn’t get into the situation you are in overnight, and you can’t expect to get out of it overnight either. Once you’ve discovered your options and made a plan for your future, you need to give that plan time to unfold.

6. Stop trying to control everything. Stressing yourself out about your growing bills or your diminishing retirement account won’t change anything. Accept the fact that you can’t change the economy then decide what you are going to do with your life within that economy.

7. Try to find some happiness right now. If your marriage was failing before the economy took a nosedive, you probably aren’t feeling any better about it now that credit is tight, and jobs are in jeopardy. It’s natural that, on top of being unhappy about your marriage, you’re even more afraid of what will happen if you get divorced. Take the time to educate yourself about the law, finances, and your own situation; Think about what you want to do. Don’t let today slip by while you consume yourself with worrying about tomorrow.

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