Is there ever a good time to raise the subject of divorce with your spouse? Perhaps the best time is when you are sure ending the marriage is the only way to resolve the problems between the two of you. The following suggestions might help if you are considering bringing your relationship to a close.
How to Bring Up the Topic of Divorce With Your Spouse
1. Know Your Rights & Responsibilities
Before talking to your spouse, talk to an attorney about what your rights and obligations are during and after the divorce. Understanding issues including spousal support, division of assets, and child custody and support will reduce confusion during the discussions.
2. Be Prepared for Your Spouse’s Reaction
Does your spouse feel as you do? If so, it should make the discussion easier. However, if the response is potentially one of anger, rage, or denial, prepare yourself emotionally. Have a plan for dealing with the initial reaction and what might happen when the first conversation ends. When personal safety is an issue, seek counsel from a seasoned divorce attorney.
3. Stay Focused & Calm
Raise the issue when both of you are alert, calm, and in a private place. Don’t start a divorce discussion during an argument, when one of you is tired, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or involved in a high-pressure situation. If you have children, plan to talk during a time when they are not around, so you can have the honest adult conversation you need without being overheard.
From their offices in Milford, PA, the attorneys at Levy, Stieh, Gaughan & Baron PC have represented spouses through the various stages of the divorce process. Drawing on more than 10 years of experience, these wise and compassionate lawyers help individuals navigate the complexities of ending a marriage and starting a new phase of life with peace of mind. Visit their website for more on their legal services, and call (570) 296-8844 to make a confidential consultation appointment.