If you are planning to end your marriage, there are several things you may do before filing the papers in Florida to help the entire process go smoothly. Divorce is often an emotional situation, and you may experience feelings ranging from sadness to relief. You may also worry about what your life after divorce will look like. Making preparations for the financial and lifestyle changes that may come after your divorce may help reduce stress and anxiety.

For many individuals, going through a divorce involves preparing to return to life as a single person. For example, if you changed your name when you got married, you may want to go back to using your former name after your marriage ends. The Florida Bar indicates that state law allows you to restore your former name when you divorce. To do so, you must request the name change on your divorce petition. In most cases, going back to the name you used immediately prior to your marriage is fairly simple, but changing your name to something new may require you to complete additional legal steps.

It may be important to create a new budget while you are preparing for your divorce. Your financial assets and liabilities may change after your marriage ends, especially if alimony or child support is part of your agreement. Completing a thorough analysis of your finances may help you understand what your income, expenses and tax liability will look like after divorce. The time-sharing arrangement between you and your spouse may also affect your finances and housing choices.

This information about preparing for divorce is general and intended to be educational; it should not be interpreted as legal advice.