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Have you answered these divorce questions?

As you close in on the divorce process, don't be surprised if you have hundreds of questions rolling through your mind. While some are more important than others, you need to address each and every one in a timely manner.

Here are some of the many divorce questions that you can't afford to put off, as they will have an impact on the process from beginning to end:

  • Are you completely sure that you want to move forward with divorce? Have you tried everything possible to fix your marriage?
  • How much does it cost to complete the divorce process?
  • How long does it take for a divorce to be finalized?
  • What are the goals and benefits of divorce mediation?
  • What happens if divorce mediation does not work?
  • Does the court require that I work with a divorce attorney?
  • What happens if my divorce case moves to the courtroom?
  • What happens if you decide to get back together with your spouse?

Co-parenting: Do these things to avoid a fight

Once your divorce is finalized and your parenting agreement is in place, you'll know what's expected of you in regards to the way you raise your child.

Co-parenting is every bit as challenging as it sounds, especially if your ex-spouse is not willing to do his or her part in making it easier.

Are you familiar with the goals of divorce mediation?

It's one thing to say that you're going to use divorce mediation to your advantage, but another thing entirely to understand what you're getting into as the process moves forward.

It's imperative to become familiar with the many goals of divorce mediation, as this will give you a clear idea of what to expect along the way and how to adjust your approach to put yourself in a position to succeed.

How to tell your child you’re getting a divorce

There is a lot to think about as you move closer to divorce, as you realize that your life will no longer be the same.

While this is sure to impact you, don't overlook the way your child will feel. You need to be sure that he or she understands what's going on, and that you and the other parent will do whatever it takes to help him or her through this difficult time.

A parenting agreement can alleviate child custody concerns

The creation of a parenting agreement can go a long way in making your life easier after divorce. Despite the fact that your life will change in many ways, your agreement can keep you on the right track in regards to how you raise your child (or children).

As the name suggests, a parenting agreement outlines a variety of important points in regards to custody and how you and your ex-spouse will parent and raise your child in the future.

Have you readied your finances for the divorce process?

There is a lot to think about if you decide to push forward with divorce. From child custody to property division, your mind will be moving from one subject to the next.

While the process itself is important, you need to focus a good amount of your attention on the future. You need to understand how the divorce process will impact your finances down the road.

Signs that divorce could be the best move

Even if you are in a bad marriage, you may have some hope for the future. You may believe that you and your spouse can work things out and get your life back on track.

Of course, there may come a time when you realize that all hope is lost. You come to find that divorce is the best way to improve your life now and in the future

Do you know what to expect during divorce mediation?

It doesn't matter how you decide to move forward with the divorce process, you know there will be challenges along the way.

Fortunately, if you're able to use mediation to your advantage, you can speed up the process while also saving money.

Some types of arguments can be a sign of divorce

Even though you do your best to keep arguments out of your home, you know there will be times when you don't agree with your spouse. While there is nothing wrong with a disagreement, you need to avoid a situation in which an argument turns into something much more serious.

Here are some of the many types of arguments that are often a sign of divorce:

  • "You don't appreciate me any more." If one person thinks the other is taking him or her for granted, it can result in one argument after the next.
  • "We are no longer intimate with one another." Enough said!
  • "You are no longer interested in making our marriage work." It can be difficult to maintain a healthy marriage, one year after the next. One person may accuse the other of "checking out" because he or she is no longer interested in making things work.
  • "We don't communicate like we need to." Communication is essential to a healthy, long lasting marriage. In order for this to work, both sides need to be communicative at all times.

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