You'll find comprehensive information on the legal, financial, and emotional aspects of ending your marriage, as well as articles for starting over and rebuilding your life.
You'll find practical strategies for coping with all areas of this uncertain time by reading through the following sections.
If there is no Decree of Nullity, the other person is still a spouse even if common life has ended. (2) Try to clearly identify how you two got to this point so that you can work to solve the crises.
Divorce is hard enough, but separation has its own unique pain because there's no finality, no apparent moving back or forward. The first thing to do is stay open to reconciliation, if possible. Many couples make a sincere effort to get back together, but their core problems have not been addressed.
In the answers to the Common Questions, unless specifically addressing this issue,we assume that there has been both a civil divorce and a Catholic "annulment" (properly called a Decree of Nullity).
Thus, using common language, the absent spouse is properly referred to as "ex" or "former".
Legal Considerations For Women Legal and financial strategies, with information on separation, mediation, choosing an attorney, and more.
Discover mistakes to avoid, financial issues to consider when splitting assets and debts, and find out what your rights are not only during the legal process, but also afterwards.
Starting Over Even though the thought of rebuilding your life might be scary, you can find inspiration and support for making this next chapter of your life even better.
There are forms you can download, online options, settlement agreements, manuals, name change kits, pension evaluations, etc. Children's Issues Find the information you need to know about child custody, child support, parenting plans, and dealing with children's emotions.
Dealing With Your Emotions It's not easy dealing with the heartbreak, overcoming the intense anger, or digging out from the depression.
Money, kids, housing and other practical issues need attention especially during separation.
Stop all unnecessary activity and spending for a few months or longer. Whatever you have to do to stabilize the home, do it on a temporary basis.