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Do You Need More Time Before Starting Your Divorce?

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Do You Need More Time Before Starting Your Divorce?When you and your spouse have decided that your marriage is over, it feels like there is little reason to delay getting a divorce. You may be eager to complete your divorce and move into the next stage of your life. Prolonging your marriage can be just as stressful for your children as your divorce will be because they can tell that you are unhappy and your relationship is strained. However, a short delay in starting your divorce could ultimately pay off if you need time to prepare yourself.

Financial Security

In the rush to complete a divorce, some people do not spend enough time considering how they will support themselves – in both the short term and long term. As a newly single adult, you will be paying for all of your living expenses without the benefit of your spouse’s income. As a result, you will need to figure out:

  • A new budget for yourself
  • Ways that you can cut down on your expenses
  • How you can increase your individual income

The surest way to increase your income is by finding a new job, which may require you to go back to school to improve your qualifications. Some of your marital expenses may follow you into divorce, such as paying off marital debt and expenses related to keeping your home. You will also need to build up your own source of savings, such as opening an individual bank account. All of these issues are easier to handle and less costly to you if you start on them before you begin your divorce.

Surviving Cohabitation

One downside of delaying your divorce is continuing to live together while you wait. Moving out defeats the purpose of delaying your divorce because you will still be financially separated from each other. You may be able to make your cohabitation more tenable if you:

  • Resolve to avoid personal conversations that may turn into arguments
  • Define separate areas of your home where you can escape each other
  • Create a separate schedule for meals and taking care of your children

Contact a Kane County Divorce Lawyer

You may not have the option of delaying your divorce if your spouse is a threat to you. For others, the idea of continuing their marriage a day longer is unbearable. No matter when you decide to divorce, it is always helpful to prepare. You can start by scheduling a free consultation with a St. Charles, Illinois, divorce lawyer at Goostree Law Group. Call today at 630-584-4800.


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