January is a popular time for couples to divorce in Michigan and throughout the country. This is because most choose to make it through the holidays first, whether it is to keep the kids happy or to avoid uncomfortable family gatherings. If you and your spouse are choosing to start the proceedings in the New Year, you can still take steps now to better prepare yourself for the process.
According to Forbes, your finances should be on the top of your priority list. Gather all documents that relate to the assets and debts you have. Find this information on credit card and bank statements, investment records and tax returns. Make a list of artwork, jewelry and other property around the house. Doing this ahead of time will make it easier to start the process of dividing property and deciding on spousal and/or child support.
If you only have joint accounts, open your own individual accounts and make sure you put money in there in the event the judge temporarily cuts your joint funds off. This is also the time to start looking for a divorce attorney. Even if you decide to go through mediation, you will want a lawyer to help you through the process.
If you have children, Psychology Today discusses how important it is to remain positive. Think ahead about when and how you want to break the news, and do your best not to tune out. Be present and acknowledge their feelings around the news.
Even in the most friendly and amicable of divorces, there is going to be stress and grief. Allow yourself the space to deal with your feelings and begin surrounding yourself now with supportive people.