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As you prepare for divorce, it’s likely for confusion to set in. You have a basic understanding of what the process entails, but you’re unsure of how to approach the many challenges that are sure to come your way.

On the plus side, when you attack your confusion head on, you can hedge off these challenges with the idea of making it through the divorce process in a more efficient manner.

Here are some of the many challenges to prepare for:

  • Divorce misconceptions: It’s good to have an understanding of the legal process and your legal rights. Without this, you could be taken advantage of, and that’s not something you need during this difficult time in your life.
  • Property and debt division: This is where many divorcing couples find themselves butting heads. You want to obtain as many assets as you can, while minimizing the liabilities that you take on. And your soon-to-be ex-spouse wants to do the same. Through the creation of an asset and debt division checklist, you’ll have a clear idea of what should and shouldn’t come into play.
  • Child custody: Another major challenge, child custody has the potential to be the biggest sticking point in your divorce. This is particularly true if both parents want physical custody of the children. With mediation, you have the opportunity to create a parenting plan that suits the two of you.
  • Life after divorce: Just because your divorce is in the past doesn’t mean it won’t affect you any longer. For instance, if you have to pay child support and/or spousal support, it will impact your finances. Or maybe you have visitation rights with your children, so you have to work this into your schedule.

Divorce and confusion often go together hand in hand. Even when you think you have a grip on the process, something could go wrong that throws you for a curve.

The best thing you can do is learn more about your legal rights and protect against any and every challenge that could come your way. Doing this will give you confidence and peace of mind.