You planned the day you would receive your driver's license. You planned where you would attend college and how you would pay for it. You planned your wedding. You planned when to start your family. You planned that vacation of a lifetime.
But then the day comes, your marriage has hit rock bottom, and you decide to just move out - with no plan whatsoever. You didn't plan on who would keep the children and when. You didn't plan on who would pay the mortgage. You didn't plan on who would pay for the children's extra-curricular activities and medical bills. You didn't plan on how you'd even pay rent. Simply - you didn't plan anything and this mistake can be costly.
If you are considering a separation from your spouse, start planning. Talk to a trusted friend, talk to your accountant, and consult with an attorney. The budget-friendly cost of a legal consultation could save you thousands of dollars and months of protracted litigation. And most folks we meet with tell me that much of the anxiety and fear they walked into our office with vanished after having their questions answered and receiving a plan for the future.