Divorce is a complicated time for most people. You probably know that the relationship isn’t any good for you, but you’ll still probably go through some of the negative emotions that come with the end of a marriage. Learning how to cope with the emotional turmoil at a time when you have to make life-impacting decisions is beneficial.

One of the most important things you can do during this process is think carefully about how things might affect you in the future. The decisions you make must be based on what you’re going to need in the future. This is especially important when you’re handling property division because of the financial concerns that come with this.

Unlike during your marriage, you will only have your income to count on when you’re divorced. You must set the budget based on the money you bring in. You need to consider the costs of keeping up the assets. For example, a vehicle could mean you have a car payment, insurance and license plate fees. It would also require maintenance and gas. Putting these into your budget might help you determine whether you can afford to keep the vehicle or not.

Being able to work through the end of the marriage will take time, so you must ensure that you’re prepared for the year of firsts. During this time, you’ll likely find that certain holidays, events or sights make you emotional during this time. It won’t magically get easier, but the pain and intensity should abate over time. Working out the terms of the divorce might also help you since it will provide you with closure about the situation.