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Facing divorce? Consider taking a team approach

Despite how common divorce is today, most people will not know what to do to navigate the divorce process. If you have not been through the process yourself, it can be overwhelming, confusing and intimidating.

Because of this, it is crucial to know that no one needs to go through a divorce alone. In fact, you could have a team of people helping you through this process. So, who should you have on your team?

Legal professionals

There will be several legal matters to address during any split. This includes:

  • Child custody and access
  • Child support
  • Spousal support
  • Property division

Having legal representation as part of your team to help you figure these issues out can be crucial. These parties can explain the laws, negotiate fair outcomes and represent you in court, if necessary.

Financial professionals

Organizing and understanding the financial aspects of your divorce can be a tremendous undertaking, particularly if you have complex assets. Because of this, it can be wise to have financial professionals on your team.

As this article by RBC Wealth Management notes, a financial adviser and an accountant can be critical resources. These parties can help you get a handle on tax issues, property division and budgeting. They could also uncover hidden assets.

Counsellors

People can experience painful feelings like anger, guilt, depression or grief as they go through and recover from divorce. Coping with these in a healthy, productive way can be much easier when people have the support of a psychologist or therapist.

It is not just adults who can benefit from working with mental health professionals; kids can also benefit. Parents might also work with a custody counsellor to understand what type of custody arrangement could be in their child’s best interest.

Personal support network

Your friends, family and even colleagues can be indispensable during a difficult time.

Depending on your situation, loved ones might help by babysitting your children while you attend mediation sessions, moving, going out for coffee or adjusting your work responsibilities temporarily. All of these are ways they can help you feel better and adapt to new challenges as you go through this transition.

Having a team of people behind you during a divorce can provide you with targeted, strong support. And with this type of support, it can be easier to focus on and be hopeful for the future.

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