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When experience matters, don’t leave your future to chance.

Should you keep a divorce journal?

On Behalf of | Apr 25, 2022 | Family Law |

It has become apparent that the relationship between you and your spouse is simply not workable. Divorce is now your only feasible option.

Separating with your former spouse can be stressful, particularly if you have been together for many years and have children. You may feel overwhelmed at times, both during and after the divorce. Keeping a journal could alleviate some of the stress and place you in a stronger position both during negotiations and as you build a brighter future.

Noting relevant information

Throughout the divorce process, a judge may need to assess various aspects of your life if . they need to make rulings. They could look into your financial circumstances, your employment and your role as a parent. It can be difficult to reel off crucial points purely from memory. Having written documentation can be a valuable aid. You can explain in detail what you do for your children, such as when you take them to school and the other ways in which you provide care for them. This will help the court establish custody rights that are in the best interests of the child.

Post-divorce, you can also use a journal to help ensure that your rights are upheld. Custody orders handed down from the courts are legally binding. Your spouse is not permitted to make changes just because they disagree with the ruling of the court. You can note down any sudden changes or non-appearances on your scheduled days and bring them to the court at a later date if necessary.

Maintaining the parent-child relationship

It can be hard to find an age-appropriate way to talk to your children about the divorce, but it is possible. You may put some of your concerns on paper, inspiring the child to model this behavior. Having their thoughts and feelings in front of you on paper may give you a clearer indication of how they are coping and what you can do to help.

Keeping a journal may be both therapeutic and of practical help as you make the divorce transition. As a spouse in Tennessee, remember you have a host of legal rights at your disposal.