You were the best of friends, and then one day, you became more and decided you could also be the perfect couple – and you were until you found yourself going in different directions and with strongly opposing viewpoints on almost everything. Although it was difficult to admit it, you both found yourselves coming to the conclusion you needed an uncontested divorce because you were better as friends than as a couple. Here are a few steps you may want to take before the divorce.
1. Talk About Assets
Your lives have become very intertwined, so you need to discuss the distribution of assets. Who gets the house, the retirement accounts, the dog, the kids, the cars – talk about everything. Find an uncontested divorce Tampa lawyer to help you remember everything you need to talk about.
2. Discuss the Future
One thing divorcing couples forget to discuss is what you want from each other in the future. Do you want a hand’s-on partner in raising the children, do you want a monthly dinner to discuss your changing relationship, or do you want six months apart to see how your world changes.
3. Understand It Hurts
Even though you both agree a divorce is best, remember that you still love one another, and divorce hurts. The loss of mutual friends, the best friend time you spent talking about goals and dreams, and the laughter over your siblings will all be a thing of the past. Divorce can feel very alone – even if you know it is for the best.
4. Be Best Friends
You may need time away from each other, but you started out as best friends, and if it is possible, you should try and remember that you can be friends again. It may take time, but you can do it.
Divorce is not pleasant, even for the uncontested partner. Change can be frightening, and you will feel more alone that you ever thought possible, but remember, you are about to build a new world – with a friend.