As you’re preparing for and moving through the divorce process, it’s never easy to see the light at the end of the tunnel. However, it’s important to always remember that your divorce will one day be in the past. And when that day comes, it’s critical that you’re in position to hit the ground running with your new life.

While no two people are the same, here are some of the steps you can take to prepare for life after divorce:

  • Carefully consider every decision you make: Every decision you make during your divorce has the potential to affect you in the future. For example, take extreme caution regarding matters associated with property and debt division.
  • Create a post-divorce budget: Your financial circumstances are sure to change as a result of your divorce, so it’s important to create a new budget to guide you in the future. List out all your income sources and expenses, as doing so will give you a clear idea of the types of changes, if any, you need to make.
  • Build a support group: Even if you’re happy to escape a bad marriage, you’ll still go through rough patches in the future. With the right support group by your side, it’s much easier to deal with anything that comes your way.
  • Focus on your children: If you have children with your ex-spouse, your new life is likely to involve plenty of co-parenting. Even if you don’t see eye to eye, you and your ex should take every step necessary to provide your children with stability and help them get through this challenging time.
  • Think about how you want to spend your time: You’re likely to have more time on your hands, now that your divorce is finalized, so plan out how you want to use it. Maybe you want to travel the world. Or maybe there’s a new hobby you’ve been dying to try.

As you take these steps to prepare for life after divorce, don’t lose sight of the here and now. The decisions you make today will impact you down the line, so it’s a must that you always protect your legal rights.