5 STEPS TO TAKE BEFORE BRINGING UP THE WORD “DIVORCE” TO YOUR SPOUSE
If you are unhappy in your marriage and are contemplating divorce, there are some important things that you should consider doing before even bringing up the dreaded “divorce” word with your spouse. To protect yourself, here is a list of things that you should consider:
- Ask yourself: do I really want a divorce or do I just want a better marriage with my current partner?
Divorce is life altering. It should always be a last resort, so if it is possible to save your marriage by communicating your concerns with your spouse and working together to improve things, this should always be done.
- Talk to a marriage counsellor.
If you and your spouse are having difficulty communicating, a marriage counsellor may be able to help you work through any number of issues. If you have children, ask yourself: do I at least owe it to my children to try to do everything that I can to save my marriage?
- Build a strong support network.
Divorce is extremely stressful on families. It is important that all parties involved have a strong support network to lean on during this difficult time. This can include family, friends and even professionals such as therapists, coaches, personal trainers, nutritionists, doctors and others.
- Speak to a family lawyer.
Even if you don’t end up retaining the lawyer, it is very important that you understand your rights and obligations before doing anything. Divorce can be a complicated process with far reaching implications that affect finances, property, where you live and when you see your children. Know your rights before you do anything that could compromise them in any way.
- Take concrete steps to protect your assets.
Make sure that you are fully knowledgeable about the family finances and investments. Photocopy important documents such as tax returns and investment statements so you have a record. If you don’t have credit cards in your own name, apply for your own card so that you can begin to establish a credit rating.
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