The Divorce Discussion Can Be Difficult for Many

When someone decides that their marriage is not going to work any longer, it can be very difficult to figure out how to tell their spouse what they are thinking. This can be especially difficult if only one of the spouses feels that they can't work out their differences. How should someone tell their spouse that they want a divorce?

Well, there is no easy way to tell someone that their marriage is over. First, a person might be wise to speak with an experienced family law attorney. They can help the person have a better understanding of the legal process and discuss timing of the announcement to their spouse as well as the first steps in filing for divorce.

Sometimes, a person might not fully feel comfortable telling their spouse in person about their intent to divorce. This is a very personal choice, and one that a divorce attorney can help with. If the person does decide to tell their spouse, they will want to prepare themselves emotionally, because it might be difficult to get out the first time, even though the person is the one initiating it.

After someone tells their spouse, it is important to follow through with the decision. Sometimes it is easy for a couple to discuss it, and then shove the idea under the rug because of fear of how the process will play out. A divorce attorney can help guide each person through the process.

One of the most effective things throughout the divorce process is having respect for each other. While it might be difficult, showing respect for one another can help make the process as civil as possible, and will hopefully result in an outcome that will make both people happier in the long run.

Source: The Huffington Post, "How to Bring up Divorce When Your Spouse Doesn't Want One," Alison Heller, June 11, 2013

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