Deciding If It’s Time to Separate from Your Spouse

Deciding If It’s Time to Separate from Your Spouse

Possibly one of the most difficult decisions you may need to make in your lifetime is if you should leave your spouse and get a divorce, or stay in the marriage. Although it is a personal decision that only you can make, it is such a life-altering decision that seeking out the advice of those you trust is a good place to start. Here are some important points to take into consideration before you begin the divorce proceedings.

Divorce is Not the Easy Way Out

Divorce is not a simple process and it should not be entered into lightly. The matter is may be even more complicated if you have children together. Before you begin divorce proceedings take some time to reflect and see if your marriage is salvageable. Are the problems that lead you to contemplate divorce possibly remedied with counselling? Have you taken ample time to discuss your marital concerns with your partner? Try to not look at divorce as the one and only fix for your marital problems.

Consider the Financial Implications

Divorce can be extremely expensive. The division of assets and the payment of support can be tricky in some situations and the result can mean financial ruin for both parties. For instance, if the couple purchased a house together and there is hardly any equity in it by the time they decide to divorce, then selling could prove to be a financial hardship. Some couples choose to live separate lives and put off the legal divorce proceedings until later in life. If this option is appealing to a separating couple, they should seek the advice of a lawyer to ensure that both parties are protected.

Talk to a Lawyer for Independent Legal Advice

It is always helpful to know your legal rights and obligations when it comes to divorce. Obtaining independent legal advice may help you decide if it’s the right time to separate from your spouse or if you should seek alternative methods to repairing your relationship. A family lawyer or family law coach has seen many marital situations and can best advise you on how to proceed.

Consider the Safety of Your Family

Not all marriages are destined to survive. If you are involved in an abusive relationship

then possibly exiting the marriage is the safest solution for you and your family. Many people wait far too long to leave an abusive relationship. Discuss your concerns with those you trust and try to do what is best for everyone who is part of your family and may be affected by the abuse.

Ultimately it is up to you to choose if it’s time to legally end your marriage. Take proper care and time in ensuring it is the right decision for you and your family, and always seek out proper legal advice. Request a consultation with Court Coach LLP today.

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