Once you know your marriage is over, you might be ready to take the next step and legally end it. It’s imperative that you first prepare for doing that. Even if it takes a little extra time, you’ll likely find that It’s worth the short wait.
Of course, there’s one exception to this. You shouldn’t remain in the marriage if you aren’t safe. Anyone who has an abusive spouse should leave the marriage so soon as is possible so that you aren’t in danger from staying.
You can gather documents now that you will need for the divorce. You might only be able to gather copies of originals, but even those can help. Copy joint bank accounts, mortgages, retirement accounts, investments and other financial documents and statements. You will need all of these during the property division phase of your divorce. Also, make copies of your marriage license, state identification card or driver’s license, birth certificates, etc.
Plan your announcement
Telling your spouse that you want to end your marriage will likely be an emotional and difficult discussion. Don’t try to place all the blame on them but make it clear why you’re ending the marriage. Remaining calm is often a bonus in these cases because it can set the tone for the divorce proceedings.
Filing for divorce is a big step. Make sure that you understand your options and rights so you can ensure that you’re doing what you need to do. This is your time to make a fresh start in life and learn how to be happy again.