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How to tell your spouse you want a divorce

On Behalf of | Sep 20, 2022 | Divorce

Your marriage may have been long and full of memorable times, but your relationship has changed and you think it’s best if you get a divorce – but, how will you bring this up with your spouse?

Divorce happens all the time, and, through trial and effort, there are better ways to talk about it than others. Here’s what you should know:

Prepare in advance 

There are a lot of important factors to consider when ensuring your divorce talk goes over smoothly. 

You’ll have to consider when is the best time to bring up the topic – before or after dinner, work or bed. You may need to watch the tone you use when talking – keeping your voice soft and your speech direct. OR, how many details you’ll discuss why the divorce is happening – honesty is the best policy, but your spouse may not need to know every minor detail.

Expect your spouse to get emotional

People react to being divorced in many ways. Your spouse may be angry and storm out of the house or they may shut down and not respond at all. The best case scenario may be that your spouse is willing to talk and go through with the divorce – it often all depends on how you approach the topic.

Don’t back away from your decision

You’ve likely thought long and hard about the decision, but that doesn’t mean you’ll hesitate when the moment comes. You may see your spouse get teary-eyed and want to back away from divorce. Delaying a divorce may only cause issues to come up again and cause you to seek out divorce again.

If you’re looking for support when filing for divorce, you may need legal help to ensure you’re taking the right steps to protect your and your children’s interests. 

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