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Things to consider before filing for divorce

Many married couples in Oregon file for divorce for varying reasons. No matter how unhappy you are and ready you feel to leave, there are some things you should take into consideration before filing your divorce papers. You should look past the relief and excitement you feel at the thought of closing this chapter and moving on so you can plan and improve the quality of your post-divorce life. 

Here are some key considerations to keep in mind when filing for divorce. 

Evaluate your relationship 

It is normal for married couples to experience difficulties at some point in their lives together. Sometimes the challenges are so great that one or both parties in a relationship may consider calling it quits and divorcing. Take some time before you start filling out any divorce paperwork to determine if you and your partner are going through a rough patch and your marriage can be saved. According to the New York Times, taking a realistic assessment of your relationship can help you to determine if divorce is the best option. 

Start improving your financial situation 

You should understand that the money you currently rely on to support your family may decrease. Take inventory of all marital assets. When planning for your post-divorce life, you should also think about your current and future lifestyle expectations, states USA Today. Track your expenses and take measures to ensure you have enough income for them. You should also consider negotiating the division of marital assets with your spouse. 

Divorce is not a decision you should make when you are feeling emotional or rash. Take some time to think things through and establish some financial security to improve your life after divorce first.

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