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Importance of having a plan during and after a divorce

Rhode Island residents know that life can present many challenges. One of the most difficult experiences some individuals may face is divorce. However, if one utilizes certain strategies leading up to their divorce, as well as after it is over, they may find that the process isn't as stressful and grim as they once may have thought.

In life, it is always good to have a plan. Nowadays, it is even better to have a plan "B" and even "C". When it comes to divorce, one of the major challenges individuals will face has to do with their finances. If an individual is feeling that a divorce or separation is in their future, the first thing that needs to be done is to get a firm handle on one's finances and investigating one's bank accounts, retirement accounts and life insurance policies. When one is in a marriage, some the finer financial details can sometimes fall through the cracks.

Once the financial picture is clearer, it may also be a good idea to start a budget. One should know what their lifestyle would look like if they were on their own. If the picture doesn't seem to bright, now is the time to begin to make changes so that one can be in a more secure position, before the divorce proceedings begin. This will enable the individual to have less stress and struggle during their transition after the divorce is finalized.

Family law professionals in Rhode Island are available to speak with residents who feel divorce is a road they may need to travel. Legal professionals can discuss all available legal options with the individuals contemplating or going through divorce. They will also be able to help sort out financial issues and paint a realistic picture of the future so that the divorce does not seem as overwhelming.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Life After Divorce: Why Every Woman Needs a Plan B", Sept. 2, 2013

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