As a general rule, you can obtain a divorce in the state of Ohio with or without the consent of your spouse. However, if you are planning on ending your marriage, it’s important to understand that it will likely have a significant impact on your life. This may be especially true if you are granted sole custody of your kids or must manage your finances for the first time.
Budgeting can be tough if someone else paid your bills
If your spouse paid the bills, you may not have spent much time reading your credit card statements or reviewing the utility bill. Instead, you probably just passed those documents to your spouse so that he or she could respond to them in a timely manner. In the event that a credit card, utility or other bill was paid online, you may not have had access to statements or other billing information.
Therefore, you may have no idea how much it actually costs to heat your home or to keep the water running. Ideally, you will review your household expenses prior to getting a divorce to help you create a realistic budget for when you are living on your own.
Your kids will need help getting over the divorce
Your children may experience a variety of emotions such as anxiety or fear after your divorce is finalized. It’s also not uncommon for children to withdraw from activities, struggle in school or display other signs of emotional distress after your marriage comes to an end.
Therefore, it’s likely that you will need to devote a significant amount of time and energy focusing on their needs. To be able to do this effectively, you may want to consider working with a therapist to ensure that your own emotional needs are met.
Ending your marriage will likely have a significant impact on your emotional, physical and financial health. It may also have a significant impact on your child’s life. Therefore, it’s important to consider all of the potential consequences of getting a divorce before choosing to seek one.