Divorce is expensive. For starters, you have the costs of hiring attorneys and splitting up assets, which can be substantial. There’s also the hard fact that living as a single person costs more. Couples enjoy substantial savings from sharing expenses such as child care, of course, but also the day-to-day cost of living. This is not to say you shouldn’t divorce, only to do it with careful thought to the consequences. Make sure that, since your standard of living probably will drop, you do all you can at the outset to minimize the financial damage.