Divorce is a difficult process, and once you make it to the other side, it is nice to relax for a moment or two. While no one would deny you this break, there are some things you should keep your eye on post-divorce to help ensure that you are headed in the right direction.
Check in with Your Kids
Divorce is hard on all involved, but your kids can take it especially hard. Pay attention to how your kids are doing and take notice if anything stands out. For example, if one of your children is normally a spitfire but suddenly seems reserved, don’t ignore the issue. Sometimes, just ensuring that the lines of communication are open between you is all that is required. If you think one of your children may need extra help, getting him or her an appointment with an experienced counselor can be very beneficial. (Read more about Helping Your Children Through Your Divorce)
Pay Attention to Your Debt
There is no way around it – divorce is expensive, and you are likely to be less financially well off after divorce than you were prior. While focusing on your debt immediately after a divorce can be stressful, getting a plan in place to help you address the matter puts the locus of control right back where it belongs – with you. Do not forget to address all of the following:
- Make sure that your name is off any credit cards that are now the responsibility of your ex, and make sure that your ex is off any that are now your responsibility. (read more about divorce and your credit: Divorce: Safeguarding Your Credit)
- Set up automatic payments that coincide with your ability to pay down your debt and keep a close eye on the process.
- Make a budget that factors in your post-divorce financials.
Read more about Recovering Financially After Divorce.
Carve out Some You Time
You’ve been through a lot, and finalizing your divorce is a good time to take a moment for yourself. Whether this means getting out there and socializing a bit, taking a class, reconnecting with a hobby, or anything else, take the time to enjoy yourself – you deserve it.
Assess How Well Your Divorce Terms Are Working for You
You and your ex hammered out divorce terms (or had them handed to you by the court), and now it is time to see how they are working for you. Some couples find that they need to tweak their kids' drop-off and/or pickup arrangements – or anything else that needs attention. If you have a concern that you are not able to remedy on your own, an experienced divorce attorney can help. (Click here to read more about making modifications after your divorce is finalized)
Turn to an Experienced Attorney for the Legal Guidance You Need
Brett Pritchard at The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard in Killeen, Texas, is an accomplished divorce attorney who has a wealth of experience helping clients like you move forward into their post-divorce futures with purpose. Your divorce concerns are important, so please do not hesitate to contact or call us at 254-501-4040 for more information today.