Once you decide to divorce your spouse, your mind will begin to wander. You’ll have concerns about your assets and debts, the future of your children and your finances, among a variety of other details.

While there’s no way to completely eliminate your concerns, there are steps you can take to ease your mind as you prepare for the divorce process.

Rather than hide from your concerns in the hope that everything works out, spend your time addressing these as you inch toward the divorce process. Here are some of the most common concerns:

  • Losing everything: Yes, you’ll have to divide your assets in divorce, but that doesn’t mean you’ll lose everything. Equitable distribution comes into play, so you’ll get your fair share of property.
  • You’ll lose custody of your children: This is often a sticking point during divorce, especially if both parents want physical custody of their children. It’s important to prepare for anything that could come your way in regard to physical custody, legal custody and child support.
  • You won’t be able to fund your current standard of living in the future: There’s no denying that divorce will alter your financial circumstances. If you have this concern, create a post-divorce budget to help you better understand your income, expenses and the types of changes you need to make.
  • You won’t have anywhere to live: Maybe you realize that it’s not in your best interest to fight to stay in the family home. But at the same time, you’re not sure of where you’ll live after your divorce. Once again, this is where your post-divorce budget can help.
  • Emotional changes: Divorce will take a toll on your mental well-being, so you must prepare in advance and deal with any changes as they come. Ignoring your mental health can take its toll on you over the long run.

Regardless of your concerns, you must address them as you prepare for the divorce process. If you ignore anything for the time being, it will eventually pop into your life. And when it does, you’re forced to make a decision on the spot. Proper preparation helps you protect your legal rights.