No matter what you do, there’s no way to eliminate all of the stress associated with the divorce process. The same holds true of the fact that you have to spend a good amount of time working through the details.

However, there are a variety of steps you can take to save time and reduce stress in divorce. Here’s what you should do:

  • Plan for everything up front: The more you prepare for, the easier it is to deal with anything and everything you face. For example, you can prepare for property and debt division by creating a checklist of your assets and liabilities.
  • Get ready for negotiations and compromise: If you’re unwilling to compromise, you’re likely to end up disappointed in the final result. You won’t get everything you want out of the divorce process, but that shouldn’t stop you from preparing to protect all your legal rights.
  • Consider the benefits of mediation: There are many benefits of mediation, especially as they pertain to saving time and reducing stress. For example, with mediation, you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse have greater control over the process, as there is no family law judge to make final decisions on your behalf. Also, it’s often easier to move through mediation in a more time-efficient manner, especially if both individuals are willing to compromise.
  • Think about the future: You don’t want to ignore the here and now, but turning your attention to the future will allow you to realize that your life isn’t over. In fact, you’re now in position to create the life you have always wanted. Think about everything from where you’ll live to how you’ll spend your free time.

When you do these things, you position yourself to save time and reduce stress in divorce.

Even when you run into a serious concern, don’t let it knock you off track. You know what you want to accomplish and you understand that you have legal rights. As long as you’re willing to take steps to protect yourself, you’ll end up in a good place when your divorce is finally behind you for good.