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5 helpful divorce tips

When you're ready to get a divorce, you must take the necessary steps to make it happen. One of those steps will involve preparing your divorce petition before filing.

However, there are some additional steps that divorcing spouses should take before and during their divorce proceedings. Make sure to read the following tips to ensure you navigate your upcoming divorce the right way.

1. Get prepared before you file and make sure you're ready

Many people reading this have already been through the motions of couples' therapy and attempts to reconcile their differences with their spouses. However, if you haven't taken a look at your options and come to the definitive conclusion that, yes, your marriage is beyond salvaging, you should do this before proceeding to the steps that follow.

2. Learn how to understand your emotions

The emotions associated with a marital breakup can be extreme and difficult to experience. As such, you may want to contact a mental health counselor who can be your sounding-board and help you stay calm and in control of your emotions during your divorce.

3. Organize your finances

If you don't know what assets you and your spouse share together, make sure you determine this prior to filing for divorce. Make a list of assets and liabilities. Also, make a budget so you know how much money or income you'll need for your new life as a single person.

4. Adopt a businessperson's mindset

Your divorce is, at its most basic, a business transaction. You and your spouse will negotiate various issues and arrive at decisions in accordance with Minnesota law. Keep your emotions out of it and stay level-headed throughout the pendency of your divorce proceedings and settlement negotiations.

5. Get your support team organized to help when needed

As a divorcing spouse, you'll want several people on speed dial. These include your family law attorney, your financial adviser, your accountant, your mental health counselor and your property appraisers. Also, don't forget your friends and relatives who are ready to lend an ear and a pair of arms to give you a warm hug when you need it most.

Are you ready to take the first step to end your marriage?

As a soon-to-be single person, you're on the brink of living a new life. Make sure you start it off right by divorcing the right way. In other words, try to divorce in a peaceful, respectful, speedy and cost-effective fashion.

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