When you made your vows, you likely planned on the marriage lasting forever. Unfortunately, many factors play into creating a situation that no longer feels right.
As you consider divorce, know that many others face the same situation. Arkansas continues to have one of the highest divorce rates in the country. Before moving forward, ensure you have done the following three things.
1. Communicate your feelings
Every person communicates their feelings differently. While you may think you have made how you feel clear, your partner may sense the seriousness of the situation. Additionally, you may each have different expectations of the roles you play. Ensure you have made every effort to communicate and have a clear picture before deciding that divorce remains the only solution.
2. Know your options
A divorce means the resolution of a marriage. If you have doubts or feel like perhaps things could change, consider taking other measures. You can get a legal separation that allows you to live independently of one another while still staying married. When you know the end has come, consider mediation. This private and neutral method lets you and your partner mutually settle the marriage. Any couples unable to agree will likely find themselves heading to court.
3. Have a pulse on your finances
Finances can create points of tension for years to come. Before filing, you need to know every detail about your finances. That includes all income, savings, debts and expenses for both you and your future ex. If you own a home, find out its current value and how much equity you have built up. Knowing these financial details may help quicken any divorce proceedings.
The decision to divorce does not come lightly and requires careful consideration.