Multiple couples from the popular reality TV franchise, including “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” are in the midst of divorces. Some are divorcing because of alleged affairs and others seemingly for irreconcilable differences. The emotional anguish is frequently splashed across the tabloids for all to see. Divorce between noncelebrities in New Jersey can be just as emotional, though hopefully more private.

Before one takes the definitive step of filing for divorce there are issues that should be considered. If there are children involved, is one prepared for the implications of the divorce on their lives? In a shared custody arrangement, each parent will see less of the children than they may be accustomed to and holidays can be made difficult if children are alternating between parents for holidays and vacations.

Financial considerations are another major issue. In a typical household, one spouse handles day-to-day finances and the other will need to take on that responsibility as well. In addition the finances themselves will typically be split in two unless there is a prenuptial agreement that states otherwise. It’s worth remembering that maintaining two households is more expensive than one.

Divorce is a difficult and emotional time. There are steps one can take to smooth the path. Taking care of oneself at such an emotional time, both physically and mentally, can contribute to a successful outcome. While the financial and familial considerations to be determined in a divorce can seem overwhelming, no one need go through the process alone in New Jersey. A knowledgeable and experienced family law attorney can provide support and guidance throughout the legal process.