Divorce is very hard – it’s hard when you’re the one who wants it; it’s hard when you’re the one who doesn’t want it. It’s hard when your kids are little; it’s hard when your kids are big. And it’s hard when times are good – but it’s particularly hard in times of economic uncertainty.

Thinking about divorce means taking a hard look at economic reality. Do we have enough resources to set up and maintain two households? How do we figure out support if one of us is unemployed? Do we sell the house now or wait until things get better? Can we afford to keep it?

Figuring out how to make good financial decisions in economically uncertain times is tough. It’s even harder when you’re being asked to make these decisions at a time when your decision-making ability is likely to be most impaired. Research tells us that just about every separation involves emotional turmoil, family upheaval and feelings of loss. Common sense tells us that we tend to make bad decisions when we feel overwhelmed. As if that weren’t enough, add powerlessness and a dysfunctional court system into the mix. Divorce proceedings can make you feel powerless because the legal system operates according to rules and principles that you may know nothing about; that you may not agree with or think are fair; and that you may not be able to do anything about. Massive budget cuts to our court system means that it can take years for the court to process your case.

Don’t know where to turn? Just say KNOW. By learning about divorce and the different process options available you can maximize your ability to make good decisions during the difficult and challenging time. Divorce Options is a workshop designed to help people take the next step, no matter where they are in the process. It can identify strategies to help you stay OUT of court, and help you identify the social, emotional, legal and financial issues that are most pressing for you.

A divorce attorney will present an overview of the divorce process, including the different process choices that are available and how you can protect yourself legally and financially. A mental health professional will talk about how you and your family can better cope with the stress of divorce, including strategies for communicating effectively, for rebuilding self-esteem and for insulating your children from the conflict. A financial advisor will show you how to prepare for divorce, and discuss the financial and tax implications of property division and support.

Take charge of your social, emotional, legal and financial life. Educate yourself at Divorce Options.