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You are more than happy to give your spouse a divorce, but you’re not happy that your life has come to this. You tried to make things work, but in the end, you couldn’t.

Now, you just want to get through the divorce as quickly and easily as you can. You want to be able to move forward and put this negative situation behind you. Before you can do that, though, you’ll have to go through the processes of dividing your assets, working out custody plans if you have children and negotiating other factors involved in your divorce.

Do you know what to expect? Here are a few things to expect as your divorce progresses.

Expect that this might take longer than you expect

Even when you have everything ready to go, it can take a few months to finalize your divorce. If you and your spouse have any kind of conflict, expect your divorce to drag on longer unless you can find a way to resolve it. If you have to go to trial, you’ll be at the mercy of the court system’s schedule.

Realize that you, your family and friends and your children will all be affected

The next thing to realize is that you will see changes in your family dynamic and in the relationships you hold. Shared friends may feel the need to “take a side,” and you may see a shift in how people treat you or talk about your ex-spouse.

Know that you may make mistakes

Finally, be prepared for the inevitable mistakes that you could make. While your attorney can support you and help you make decisions that are in your best interests, you may still make decisions you later regret in your personal life. It’s important to try to stay professional throughout your divorce, even if it’s affecting you emotionally.

These are three things to expect during your divorce. Everyone’s situation is different, but you can still prepare for some of the common events that occur during a divorce.