The first step after ending a significant relationship is to get the big rocks in the box: shelter, food, safety, and emotional support. In the weeks before I shared the news of my impending departure with my husband, I reviewed my finances, contacted my clients, and made a general game plan for how I was going to support myself. Consultations with divorce professionals are helpful for identifying potential pitfalls and places where planning is advised. Once the decision to divorce has been discussed, the likelihood of conflict increases (sometimes substantially), so it is better to develop a strategy in advance.
“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”
― Dwight D. Eisenhower
Act of Self Love
Make a 1-month plan for your shelter, food, income, emotional support, and the care of your children. Reach out to key resources to help you meet these needs. Often people collapse inwards at the beginning of divorce out of embarrassment; instead, ask for help.
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