Because hard feelings and tough decisions are involved during a divorce, it’s important to set clear boundaries from the outset. Mixed messages and muddy communication can lead to serious problems down the road. Focus on two areas in particular.
Honestly communicate about finances. Throughout the course of your marriage, you’ve accumulated joint assets. What are you going to do with your savings accounts? Stocks? Do you have any credit card debt? What about automobiles? A mortgage? Try to decide how to split things up equitably. If you hope to share everything amicably, make note of that too. We can work with you and your legal team to develop a financial plan that secures a positive future for both of you.
Establish separate living arrangements. If you’ve decided to divorce, start living separately as soon as possible. Not only does this encourage you to adjust to single life again, but it also prevents situations where jealousy or potential arguments could arise. Plus, in the state of Louisiana, spouses who intend to separate must live separately for 180 days (365 days if you have children).