Processing the Decision to Get a Divorce

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Questions to Ponder as You Make Your Choice

The decision to end a marriage is not one someone should make on a whim. When you choose to get a divorce, your decision has many implications for immediate and long-term futures. To help you as you ponder this choice carefully, consider the following guiding questions.

Are You Happy?

Perhaps the most important question above is one of the first questions you should ask yourself when deciding whether or not to get a divorce. Your personal happiness is a major factor and should be the ultimate determiner in the choice you have before you. If you find yourself struggling to make yourself happy in your marriage, it may be time to move on.

Have You Tried Working Things Out?

No one should run from a marriage at the first sign of trouble. When the signs of a troubled marriage begin to rear their ugly heads, you and your spouse should first identify these signs, look at the deeper issues surrounding your relationship, and take intentional steps to work those issues out. If you cannot do this or have made repeated attempts at repairing your relationship to no avail, then ending your marriage may be the best move.

Can You See a Future Without Them?

When you get a divorce and end your marriage, you are ultimately preparing to live a life without them playing a major part. If you can realistically see yourself moving on in your life without them by your side, then divorce may be in your immediate future.

Do You Still Love Them?

One of the most difficult questions to answer honestly is whether or not you truly love your spouse when things are difficult. You may feel as if you have to say that you still love them because of how their feelings may be hurt or to save your own emotions. Be careful, however, to avoid relying on those feelings and instead think of love as a choice you make every day. Are you able to choose to love your spouse every day and work to meet their needs and make them happy?

Take the Next Steps

If you feel as if divorce may be in your future, you may still have questions or need reassurance that you are doing the right thing. In those moments, you should consult with a family law attorney for guidance. They have helped hundreds of people file for divorce and come up with a plan for their future, and they can help you determine how best to move forward with your own life.

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