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For many in a troubled marriage, New Year's goals include divorce

According to statistics, the beginning of a new year and the end of summer are the peak times for couples to take steps to end a contentious marriage. There may be many factors leading up to the decision to seek a divorce, but difficult holiday celebrations and vacations that ended poorly may be the final impetus many couples need to end an unsustainable relationship. There are likely countless California spouses who are contemplating taking this step themselves who may benefit from several suggestions to make the ordeal less taxing.

One of the first measures one can take to prepare for a more efficient dissolution is to gather all pertinent financial information. Having access to all relevant tax, income and savings information can help facilitate a divorce settlement. In addition, gathering current debts and credit reports may enable a court or other professionals to resolve issues relating to child support or alimony in an equitable manner. While the advent of social media platforms has enabled more people to share their private lives more openly, it may be best to refrain from discussing an ongoing divorce on these sites until the matter is settled.

Along with seeking emotional support from friends in person, many find that having as much information possible about the divorce process in California may help them prepare more thoroughly for the process. Furthermore, investigating the different options available for one's unique situation can also make the entire process easier. Another suggestion that may be beneficial is to ensure that one's physical and emotional well-being are provided for through exercise, therapy or finding times for quiet reflection.

Lastly, it may help to write out a list of what one hopes to obtain after a divorce. Having goals for their new lives may help those enduring a divorce to persevere through the more trying aspects. Those who are having difficulty with any of the issues that accompany even a relatively uncomplicated dissolution may seek the advice of an attorney who is well-versed in California's laws and procedures.

Source: HuffPost, "Top 5 Tips: How To Prepare For Your Divorce In The New Year", Morghan Leia Richardson, Dec. 26, 2017

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