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Tips for preparing for a divorce

Summer is a time when divorce rates tend to spike. People in Arizona who are considering divorce can start preparing by talking to family, attorneys and financial advisers about their plans.

It is important for people going into a divorce to understand the family finances. This means knowing such things as how many bank accounts and credit cards the couple owns and who is on the title of the house. They should also know how much money they have in various accounts and collect as much financial paperwork as possible. People should also take the time to reflect on the implications of divorce and whether it is something they really want. Some couples choose to opt for various types of counseling, including an approach called "discernment counseling." This is designed for couples who are about to get a divorce and who need to decide whether they will stay together or go through with it.

Experts say parents should proceed carefully when children are involved. Honesty about conflict can be good, but some advise against talking about divorce until a solid plan is in place. The best approach may depend upon what parents know about their children, their resilience and how they are likely to react.

Both the divorce process and the time leading up to it can be stressful. One issue that can arise in a divorce is that a person could be overwhelmed by emotion, and this could lead to making bad decisions. For example, a person who is trying to rush through the divorce and get it over with might make financial concessions that could hurt them later. An attorney may be able to help guide a person through these and other issues that may arise.

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