ExerciseIt’s easy to overlook, but the discipline, routine, and act of regular exercise helps you. If nothing else, exercise triggers your brain to release endorphins and serotonin; which makes you feel happy. Studies continually show the emotional and health benefits of regular exercise.
PrioritizeLine up your priorities for life after the divorce. Is it finding a home? Is it retiring? Getting a job? Managing your special-needs child? Consider writing down your most important goals.
ReadAs the current Vice Chair of the Florida Bar Journal, I’ve written and published a significant number of articles in professional journals in the area of marital and family law. Try to learn a little about the issues you may potentially face.
ConsultEven if you aren’t certain you need to hire an attorney, or filing for divorce at all, it is a good idea to meet with an expert in Florida’s divorce and family laws. Who better than someone certified by Florida as an expert in marital and family law? We offer free consultations, but even when there is a charge, it is well worth the fee to get accurate information.
AlternativesLitigation is something to avoid. It’s time-consuming, contentious and expensive. The majority of divorces end up settling. There are many forms of alternative dispute resolution out there, including collaborative divorce, mediation, and informal settlement conferences.
SpeedYou want to complete your divorce quickly, if you started it last year. If your case has been dragging, the new year is an opportunity to settle your differences and start your new life.
NetworkMaking the choice to divorce is hard, and not everyone will be by your side to help you. Start to touch base with your contacts, and go to networking events. Ask colleagues to take a look at your updated résumé.
UpdateConsider updating your will, trusts, insurance policies, and any other estate plans. 2016 is going to be a roller coaster. This is especially so if divorce is on your calendar. You can manage this crisis.