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New Year, New Life, Ex-Wife: Starting the New Year on a Divorced Foot

Coming out the other side of a divorce results in a huge life change. After such a challenging and tumultuous experience, it can feel intimidating to try to find your path forward.

But now is the time for a fresh start – time to look ahead at all the opportunities you have.

During this season of resolutions, now is the perfect time to reassess your own priorities as an individual and say good-bye to any negativity that’s weighing you down. Here are some ideas to help you focus on you as you start the New Year on the right foot:

  • Regain financial independence – When you were married, you and your spouse both contributed to the finances in some way, shape or form, but perhaps one of you maintained a more primary role when it came to financial decisions. It may take some time for you to educate yourself on what will be in your best financial interest going forward, but it’s important to get started right away.

Taking charge of your financial future should be a priority as you go through and come out of divorce (which in and of itself is expensive). Use your fresh start as an opportunity to break any negative financial habits you may have and set your own goals for the future. Scheduling time with a financial planner can help you take ownership of your assets and chart a new course for your life. 

  • Focus on healthy relationships – Negativity has no place in your life. Resolve to stay positive and work to maintain strong, healthy relationships with those that are important to you (this includes remaining amicable with your ex, especially if you have children together). As you consider getting back into the dating ring, remind yourself there is no rush to resume dating. Also take some time to reflect. You may have different priorities now than you did the first time you were single.
  • Prioritize your well-being – Exercise, sleep and eat well, take mental health breaks, and do other activities that make you feel your best. It may help to join a gym or solicit a walking partner to keep you accountable. The important thing is to take care of yourself.

Now on to you. What goals do you have as you enter a New Year on a divorced foot? We’re here to support you in any way we can. If you have questions about Florida family law, call us right away at 305-596-9951.

Author Bio

Vanessa Vasquez de Lara is the founder and owner of Vasquez de Lara Law Group, a Miami family law firm. With over 20 years of experience in family law, she has zealously represented clients in various legal matters, including divorces, child support, child custody, alimony, and other family law cases.

Vanessa received her Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law in 2002 and is a member of the Florida Bar Association. She has received numerous accolades for her work, including being named to the 2015 Super Lawyers Rising Stars and the 2016-2023 Super Lawyers list.

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