Ending a marriage is rarely a spur of the moment decision. There is often a period of time leading up to the actual moment of filing during which it becomes obvious to at least one party that divorce is most appropriate. When utilized correctly, this period of time can even be key to one’s divorce outcome.
For Ohio parents, this can mean learning as much as possible about the details of children’s lives. This includes knowing who a child’s doctor is, who his or her friends are and being familiar with the regular weekly schedule. Should child custody become a contentious issue, having a solid understanding of a child can be very important for a parent who is trying to demonstrate an active role in his or her life.
Learning more about the family finances is also key, especially for those who were not actively involved in them before. For example, a spouse might need to identify joint accounts, bills and other relevant financial information. This includes determining how much it costs to keep the family and household running on a monthly basis.
Preparing emotionally is also good, which may include speaking with a mental health professional. This can be understandably difficult for people who are living in volatile situations or who already struggle with mental health, though. And while it is impossible to consider every possible issue that might arise during divorce, it is still a good idea to learn as much as possible about the divorce process in Ohio and prepare as well as one can.