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What to do if you suspect your spouse will file for a divorce

If your marriage is going through a difficult period and you believe that your spouse may file for a divorce, you must take this very seriously. If you do not take action to prepare for a potential divorce, you may be in a position where your spouse has the upper hand when they file.

While you might still want to try to make your marriage work, you also learn more about the divorce process at the same time. If you see that divorce could be a possibility in the coming months, you should consider the following so that you are as prepared as possible.

Protect yourself financially

If your spouse has always been the one managing the finances, you may be in the dark when it comes to the extent of marital assets, your monthly expenses and the amount you will need to maintain your lifestyle. Now is the time to understand your financial situation better and estimate what your finances would look like after a divorce is finalized.

Don't burn bridges

Even if you have accepted the likelihood of a divorce, you should not disinvest yourself from the relationship completely. By maintaining civility with your spouse, there's a better chance that you'll be able to have a collaborative divorce. This may be beneficial for both of you in the long-run.

Being in a tumultuous marriage can be very stressful. If you want to make things work but worry that your spouse will file for divorce, the best thing that you can do is to prepare for all possible outcomes so that you make the best possible decisions.

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