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Are there things I should I do before filing for divorce?

Making the decision to file for divorce is rarely an easy one. Divorce is difficult and completely changes your life and the lives of your children. Before filing for divorce in Wisconsin, there are some things you can do to help make it easier on everyone and to ensure you come out in a good place at the end.

The Huffington Post notes you should organize and update everything from your will to your debts before you file for divorce.  You should set aside money in case your soon-to-be ex-spouse decides to freeze or empty your joint accounts.  It is also important to go over all financial records so you are aware of any accounts that exist. If you have not been active in managing the household finances, make sure you get up-to-date on them and know how much it costs to maintain your current lifestyle. Getting your finances in order can help to avoid arguments once the divorce is underway. It also enables you to ensure you have the money you need to survive and take care of your own needs during the divorce process.

You should also protect your reputation and ensure you do not do anything that could look bad in court, especially when it comes to custody. Try to stay away from social media, and do not talk about your marriage or your spouse online. You may want to consider seeing a therapist to help you through the process, which can be stressful and emotional. Getting yourself in the best place possible will help your children through it as well. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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