When you got married, you may never have thought that divorce would be in the cards. Unfortunately, the inaccuracy of that notion may have hit you hard when you came to the realization that ending your marriage was the best option or when your spouse announced that he or she wanted a divorce. Now, you may have a lot on your mind as your pending case approaches.
If you feel overwhelmed, you are not alone. Many people begin to feel the stress of divorce before their cases even fully get underway. However, you do not have to let these feelings take you over, and finding ways to make your divorce or your life during divorce easier may help you feel more in control during this trying time.
Time and time again
During your divorce, you may feel that time is slipping away from you or that your case is dragging on slowly. Certainly, ending a marriage can take a substantial amount of time, depending on all of the details involved. Fortunately, you can help yourself feel less stressed by combatting the time thief that the divorce process appears to be.
Before your proceedings even get underway, you may feel better by accepting the fact that you will need to apply your time and energy to complete the process. You may plan ahead and find ways that make it easier for you to dedicate the time needed to handle your case, and this step may help you feel less like divorce is stealing your time and more like you are moving forward productively.
Take back time
In addition to accepting that you will need to give up your time for the process, you may also want to consider ways to help your case go by more quickly. Some aspects of your case you may have no control over, such as how long it takes the Ohio court to process paperwork, but you could help yourself and your case by choosing to negotiate effectively rather than fighting every settlement suggestion.
You may also help your case go more quickly and smoothly by choosing to participate in mediation or collaboration rather than litigation. If you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse can get along amicably enough to come to terms outside the courtroom, one of these alternative dispute resolution methods may work in everyone’s favor. Of course, if ADR does not work for your case, litigation remains an option if it comes to that.