Deciding to end a marriage is not easy. Emotions can run high, and the process can feel overwhelming, especially when you are unsure of where to begin. Filing for divorce is more than just a legal process; It is a significant emotional and financial transition.
Prepare yourself both mentally and in terms of practical details. There are several considerations you should undertake before filing for divorce to ensure you are ready for what is ahead.
Understand the divorce requirements
Familiarize yourself with Michigan’s specific requirements for filing for divorce. For instance, you or your spouse must have lived in Michigan for at least 180 days before filing. Be aware of the filing fees and be sure to file accurately.
Gather important documents
Collect all necessary financial documents, such as bank statements, tax returns, property deeds and retirement account summaries. These will play a role in decisions about property division, alimony and potential child support.
Set up your finances
Open personal bank accounts in your name if you do not have them already. It would be best if you also started creating a budget for your post-divorce life, considering both your current finances and any anticipated changes.
Decide on living arrangements
You need to consider where you will live during the divorce process and afterward. If you plan to move out of the marital home, research potential living arrangements. If you have children, consider how the move might affect them.
Plan for child custody
If you have children, their well-being should be a top priority. Begin thinking about custody arrangements and what will be best for them.
Do not underestimate the emotional toll of divorce. Seek support from friends, family or professional counselors. Joining a support group or talking to others who have gone through a divorce can also provide valuable insights and comfort. Being aware of what is ahead will help you get through this challenging period with reasonable expectations.