Divorce is difficult enough as is, but what if you’re not entirely healthy as you undertake this emotional process? Unfortunately, your physical ailments can have a detrimental impact on your emotional status — and vice versa. Both physical and mental health concerns amplify the inherent challenges of divorce. Keep the following in mind as you prepare to deal with these simultaneous hurdles:
Consider Mediation Or Collaboration
Litigation can take a toll, both in terms of finances and mental health. While it’s often the only viable option in contentious cases, it’s possible that at least some aspects of your divorce can be settled under a less combative approach. Mediation tends to take less time — a worthy consideration if you’re consumed in treatments or are physically unable to endure long court visits. Conversely, however, as the spouse in a likely position of reduced power, you could be taken advantage of in mediation.
Collaboration may be a viable alternative. This approach allows you to retain assertive representation from a legal authority while also coming to a working arrangement outside of court.
Make Plans For Health Insurance Coverage
As you maintain a full treatment schedule, don’t forget to plan for your financial future. How will you handle the cost of healthcare after your divorce? Thankfully, it’s possible to cover ongoing healthcare expenses in the short-term. The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) allows you to retain coverage under your spouse for up to 36 months. However, COBRA coverage could be terminated if your employer offers health insurance. Even if your coverage remains current, you’ll want to develop a long-term plan for your medical expenses.
As a chronically ill individual seeking divorce, you need all of the support you can get. Look to the law firm of Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd. for compassionate counsel. You’ll be glad to have a kindhearted and empathetic attorney on your side.