As you approach your divorce, you may have mixed feelings. Some days you may wonder whether you are making a mistake, and others you may feel completely secure in your decision. You may also have significant concerns over the amount of stress you will feel during your divorce proceedings.
While stress may not be entirely avoidable when it comes to ending a marriage, you do not have to resign yourself to a difficult, overwhelming and mentally crippling process. Instead, you may want to determine ways that you can help yourself feel more at ease and help the process go as smoothly as possible.
Prepare for time and effort
Though you, and many other New Jersey residents, may wish that you could just snap your fingers and have your divorce proceedings completed, that likely will not happen. Legal proceedings relating to divorce take time, and even if you and your ex can approach the process amicably, you will still need to devote the time and effort necessary to actually complete the case. Understanding and preparing from the beginning that you will need to give time to the process may help lessen stress in that aspect.
Get answers to your questions
You will undoubtedly have a number of questions and concerns as your divorce case proceeds, and if you do not feel that you are obtaining the information you need, you should obtain second opinions regarding your case. You likely do not have extensive legal knowledge and may wonder whether your case is being handled as well as it could be. Gaining insight from multiple professionals may allow you to feel more at ease at how your case is being addressed or allow you to make necessary changes.
Consider alternative dispute resolution
Another way to lessen stress is to remember that your case does not have to go straight toward litigation. You may want to consider alternative dispute resolution methods like mediation or collaboration that could help your case go more smoothly and more quickly. If you and your soon-to-be ex are willing to work together for the best outcomes, these ADR options may help you complete your case amicably.
Of course, the approach that best suits your case will depend on the personal factors you and your spouse bring in. In order to understand what options you may have, it could benefit you to discuss your situation with an experienced attorney.