You got married with the expectation that your union was going to last forever. It can be difficult to realize that you can’t work out your issues with your spouse, the marriage is over and you are going to be single again. When you figure out that there is no hope, however, it is time for you to emotionally and financially protect yourself.

There are several things that you can do to take the stress out of the divorce. If you don’t have children together, the split means that you will probably never have to deal with each other again. Use this as fuel to get things done as quickly as possible.

During the process to end the marriage, you might have to work together on things like property division. Taking care of this through negotiations outside of court can often help you achieve a favorable outcome. Flexibility is key: You might be able to get something that you want in exchange for giving up something that your spouse wants. Plus, negotiated settlements are less lengthy and less expensive than a trial.

One thing that you shouldn’t ever do is allow yourself to be pushed into agreeing to something that isn’t in your best interests. This doesn’t mean that you will always get your way, but you shouldn’t have to agree to something that will financially harm you now or in the future.

Throughout the divorce process, make sure that you are taking care of yourself emotionally, as well. You might find that you make better decisions when you have a clear head and aren’t trying to rush to the end.