Key Questions to Consider Before Getting Divorced
Before you move ahead with filing for divorce, it’s important to take some time to yourself to consider every aspect of the decision. The last thing you want to do is rush into a decision that will have a major impact on the rest of your life.
The following are a few questions you should think through before you decide to get divorced:
- Have you communicated your relationship concerns to your spouse? Think about the conversations you have had with your spouse regarding your concerns with the relationship. Have you been clear and upfront with these concerns, or have you tried to tiptoe around them? Before you proceed with a divorce, you should make sure you have addressed any issues of contention.
- Are you on the same page regarding your roles in the relationship? In many cases, conflicts arise because there are not clear expectations regarding who takes on which roles and responsibilities in the marriage. For example, if one spouse expects the other to take the lead on financial matters and that spouse is unaware of that expectation, there’s bound to be some conflict.
- What needs to be done to save the marriage, if possible? A great exercise is to have you and your spouse each create two separate lists: one outlining what you believe you need to do to save the marriage and the other providing what your spouse needs to do.
- What is your biggest fear about ending the marriage? Confronting your fears will give you greater insight into whether you really believe there is any chance of salvaging the marriage and avoiding divorce.
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