I always tell my clients that getting a divorce generally will take much longer than you anticipate and will be much more expensive than you’d like. In most cases, this is true, regardless of how hard we work to make it untrue. It is a complex process involving a great deal of information that must be disclosed, but when you add to that the emotional component that is almost always present, the process can seem unmanageable. One of the ways to make the process easier – from the very beginning to the very end – is to know and understand in advance what’s going to happen, what the options are, and how the general process can play out. Too many people run out and file for divorce without really understanding what that means in terms of procedure, process, timing, strategy, and so on. One of the best things you can do in your divorce is to become as educated as you can regarding the process. Do some internet research, buy some books, sign up for a free e-course, and/or consult with an attorney or several. The more you understand about the process, the rules, and what you can do NOW to make the process easier later, the higher chance you have to maintain your sanity in the craziness that’s bound to come. Finally, consulting with a compassionate, experienced professional can help, too, because it’s part of their job to ensure you understand everything that’s coming your way in the divorce.