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Questions to ask yourself before a divorce - Part I

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Divorce is a big decision, as it should be. You need to make sure that you are making the decision to end your marriage only after careful consideration and with full understanding of all the consequences and ramifications that will flow from it. Since there are many key questions that should be asked prior to a divorce, we'll be examining this in our next post as well.

Have you tried to resolve your differences?

This is an important question that may not necessarily be applicable to all couples; some relationships simply cannot be saved, nor do all couples have the desire to keep trying. For others, however, a frank discussion about differences and disagreements might lead to a resolution that allows them to actually grow closer. It might be that counseling, therapy or the guidance of a religious leader will be beneficial for some couples, giving them the tools they need to work through difficulties in the future.

 

Are you happy?

If the answer is "yes," you probably wouldn't be seriously considering divorce at all. If the answer is "no," and you don't see a way in which the relationship you share with your spouse can become a happy one, then splitting up might be for the best. And don't fall into the trap of staying in an unhappy marriage for the children; studies have repeatedly shown that children benefit more when contentious parents part ways than when they stay together.

What are you willing to compromise?

Would you be willing to give up a portion of your spouse's retirement in exchange for staying in the marital home? Could you allow your spouse to buy you out of the family business to keep the company going after the divorce? Are you interested in a non-contentious method of dispute resolution to move your divorce forward?

Once you have come to the decision to divorce, make sure you have competent legal guidance. Proceeding with an attorney at your side will help protect you from jeopardizing valuable legal rights, and will ensure that your divorce is fair to everyone involved.

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