There could come a point in your marriage when you realize that things just aren’t working out. While divorce isn’t always the right answer, it could be the solution to many of the problems you’re facing.

If you’re contemplating divorce, here are some of the most important questions to address:

  • Have you considered other options? For example, marriage counseling is one way to address your problems without going through a divorce. If both of you are on board with the idea, it’s something to consider.
  • How will you tell your spouse? It’s one thing for you to decide in your mind that you want a divorce. It’s another thing entirely to bring this to light and share your feelings with your spouse. When it comes time to ask for a divorce, have an idea of what you want to say and how you hope to move the conversation forward.
  • What will happen to your children? If you have children with your soon-to-be ex-spouse, you must take their feelings and well-being into consideration at every step in the process. For instance, they’re sure to have questions about the impact of your divorce on their life.
  • Are you prepared for the process of dividing assets and debts? A big part of the divorce process is associated with the division of assets and debts. Assets include everything from your family home to bank accounts to retirement accounts and pensions. Conversely, debts are things such as credit card balances and personal loans.
  • Are you prepared for life after divorce? Don’t focus so much time on the process itself that you overlook what’s to come in the future. You’re divorcing so you can enjoy a better life down the road. Now’s the time to prepare for that.

The decision to divorce will impact you in many ways. From your personal life to your finances, you must prepare accordingly.

As you answer the above questions, others will come to light. Address each and every one to the best of your ability, as doing so will position you for success. And even when things aren’t going your way, never forget that there’s an end in sight.