Even if you’re sure that divorce is the best way to move forward with your life, that doesn’t mean it’ll be easy to pick up the pieces once the process comes to an end.

There are many steps you can take to prepare for life after divorce, including the following:

  • Establish a support group: Your marriage may be in the past, but that doesn’t mean you’re alone. Establish a support group that can help you get back on your feet during this difficult time.
  • Let your feelings out: You shouldn’t bottle up your feelings before, during or after the divorce process. It’s okay to share your feelings with others and to let yourself mourn. Doing so will help the healing process.
  • Take on a new hobby: You’re likely to have more free time than ever before, so try a new hobby that puts a smile on your face. From painting to traveling to bicycling, there are thousands of hobbies to consider. It’s never too soon to find one that will keep you busy post-divorce.
  • Realize that it’s okay to be alone: There may come a point when you want to start dating again, but don’t rush into it. It’s okay to be alone, as this gives you time to think about what you want out of your life in the future.

Even though it’s important to prepare for life after divorce, make sure you also put enough time and energy into the process itself. Protecting your legal rights during your divorce will put you in a better position for future success.