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Rebuilding Your Life After a Divorce

Going through a divorce can be an exhausting and emotionally draining ordeal. You’ve decided to split from your spouse and consequently, you might need to divide assets, determine child custody arrangements, settle your financial issues, find a new place to live—and the list goes on. But once the divorce is settled, and the marriage has been dissolved, there is yet another set of decisions that you must make as a newly single person. Will you move to a different city? Do you need to look for a pay increase to support your lifestyle? What friendships and relationships have you kept? Rebuilding your life after a divorce can feel overwhelming, but certain steps can make the transition smoother.

Create a Positive Support Network

Everyone sometimes needs the support of others around them. That is especially true after you have gone through a divorce. Regardless of your feelings towards your ex, this is a big life change and having supportive friends and family can make all of the difference. Ways to help build a positive support network include:

  • Plan a trip to visit your friends or family. Anticipating a trip—and taking it—will help take your mind off the divorce.
  • Find a therapist who you trust and set up a regular visit.
  • Join a new group or activity. This can help you meet new people and broaden your social group.

Review Your Financial Situation

When your monthly income is reduced from a two to a one-income household, it’s important to review your new financial situation to make sure you are still financially secure. Steps you can take to build an overall picture of your finances include:

  • Create a budget – be sure to include all of your monthly expenses. These could include mortgage or rental payment, bills, entertainment, food, retirement account contributions, and any other expenses. Just having a firm grasp of exactly what your expenses are can help reduce your financial anxiety.
  • Build a nest egg – when you’re living on a single income, it’s helpful to have some money put away for emergencies. Being financially prepared for a car breakdown or losing a job can reduce stress and fear of the unknown.
  • Be realistic about your finances – if you know it will be difficult to meet your financial obligations each month, look for ways to cut back or try to find another source of income.

Call a Skilled Stamford, CT Divorce Lawyer Today

The divorce process is rarely easy. Unexpected turns can delay the process and add complications to your divorce. When you file for a divorce from your spouse, it is important to understand your rights. An experienced attorney can help you navigate through this challenging time. The family law attorneys at the Law Offices of Piazza, Simmons, & Grant have been serving the Stamford, CT area for many years and are proud to help our clients work through the issues involved in divorce. We are here and ready to answer your questions. Call us today at 203-348-2465 or contact us online.

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