Tips For Reducing Stress In The Divorce Process
Divorce is almost always a stressful process for everyone involved. While there is no easy way to make it through this transition in your life, there are ways to reduce the stress and anxiety you may experience.
First and foremost, choose the right lawyer. Choosing a lawyer is fundamental; this is the person who will guide you through the difficult process of decoupling from your spouse, both financially and emotionally, and redefining yourself and your family. You need an attorney you can trust, one who understands your goals.
Be prepared for your first meeting. Beware the lawyer who offers you a “free consultation.” Your attorney’s time is valuable, as is yours; it is critical that you use the time you have with your counsel in the best possible way. Write down questions in advance. Interview your prospective attorney the way that he or she is interviewing you. Take a day to contemplate your decision before hiring your lawyer, and always make sure your agreement with your attorney is in writing.
Clarify expectations. Once you have selected your attorney, verify that you understand his or her requirements. Likewise, make sure that your attorney understands yours. Clarify how phone calls are returned, how frequently email replies are given, and when and under what circumstances to make an in-office appointment. Ask your attorney to familiarize you with the process, start to finish. You will find that your stress level decreases in direct proportion to your understanding of the who, what, when, where and how of your case. Your attorney should take the time to ensure that you have a complete understanding of your case.
Your attorney, if well-practiced in this area of the law, has likely encountered a situation such as yours in the past. That does not make your experience any less unique or any less difficult. Your attorney should help you manage your stress by helping you manage your expectations and by counseling you to act rationally rather than react emotionally. These coping tools are just a few ways you can work to manage your stress during this trying time in your life.
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