Keep stress to a minimum in a Washington divorce

No one can predict which marriages will last a lifetime and which will end in court. Every relationship is unique even if some spouses may share certain types of experiences in common. Most Washington spouses would agree that a high priority in divorce is to keep stress levels as low as possible.  

There are several ways to do that, the first of which involves a self-awareness exercise. Before filing for divorce, it's always a good idea to make a list of one's immediate and long-term needs and goals. Knowing exactly what one wants can help a person streamline his or her efforts in divorce proceedings.  

Those with worries about financial issues in divorce will want to do their homework ahead of time to review their credit scores and other pertinent financial information. Especially if there are questions regarding marital properties or liabilities, it is crucial to be prepared to show documentation and provide answers as necessary. One must find a balance between coming to terms with the emotional aspects of divorce and gearing up to face the legal side of things. 

Setting up a strong support team can help a Washington spouse prepare for divorce as well. Anyone from a close family member or friend to a licensed counselor or an experienced family law attorney can be a great asset to one's team. Financial advisors and certified appraisers may help too. In fact, most spouses stay connected to several or all such resources for help in coping with any divorce problems that arise.       

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