Divorce can bring many unexpected changes in your life. If you and your spouse have children, the change to your life while working through the parenting plan will likely be profound. The handoffs of your children every week, not having your kids on birthday's or holidays, the cost of child support and the expense of a new home or apartment will all mean next year will feel very different from last year.
Understanding your expenses after a divorce allows you to look at the property division portion of your divorce settlement in a meaningful way. You may think that receiving the family home is a victory, but understanding the process that you will need to go through in order to pay off the mortgage and refinance while buying out your spouse's share could change your mind.
During a divorce, spouses tend not to be on very good terms with each other, which is not unexpected given the circumstance. For most, much of the communication can be directed through their attorneys. If they have children, there may be some additional forced contact, during hand-offs with their child or children, but even there, their attorney can help them develop a routine to reduce the likely hood of conflict.
When a couple divorces, they may have a great many things on their mind. Bitterness, frustration or other emotional upset over the ending of their marriage. Financial worries, with concerns over what their economic condition will look like after the divorce. If they have children, the details of their child custody arrangements, if they will receive or pay child support and how to deal with separate households with their kids.