Should You Stay or Go After Quarantining With Spouse?
The past couple months have been a struggle in many ways. Not only are people getting sick and dying from the coronavirus, but businesses have shut down, millions of Americans have lost their jobs and children are home from school. Another issue for many married couples is having to quarantine together at home.
Being together 24/7can make married life stressful, to the point where you just want to pull your hair out. After all, absence is supposed to make the heart grow fonder. If you have been feeling frustrated with your spouse lately, you may even be considering divorce.
But is divorce really the best option or are you jumping the gun? After the quarantine, things will likely be back to the way they were before. Were you happy then? How was your marriage? If you were thinking about divorce months ago and the quarantine cemented your decision, then maybe it would be better to split. Not sure? Answer these questions to help you make the right choice about the future of your marriage.
How Will Your Relationships Be Impacted?
Divorce isn’t just about you. It affects your spouse, kids and other relatives. You may lose friends and even the relationship you have with yourself may change. Take note of the pros and cons you’ll face with each relationship in a divorce. Does divorcing still make sense?
How Are You Financially?
Divorce is a huge hit financially. The average divorce costs $15,000. Are you able to pay this expense? Do you have a job? If so, is unemployment a possibility due to COVID-19? Will you be able to live comfortably on your own post-divorce, or will it be a struggle? Keep this into consideration, since you will no longer have a spouse to help. Your spouse may not pay alimony and child support on time, so don’t depend on it.
Is Going Through the Divorce Process Worth It?
A divorce takes not only a lot of money, but a significant amount of time as well. It can take an emotional toll on you and your family as well. A divorce a huge commitment in many ways. Are you up for it? Will it be worth it in the end? Will your life be better because of it?
Is there any way to make your marriage better? Is your spouse willing to help? If so, do what you can to preserve your marriage. Make sure you have 100% clarity you are making the right decision. If you have any doubts, then delay the divorce process for now.
Seek Legal Help
A quarantine can really change how you feel about your spouse. Getting away from your spouse every now and then is important to help the relationship thrive, but leaving the home was not an option in the past two months.
Is divorce really the best option for your situation? Would counseling or some time apart be beneficial instead? Fort Lauderdale divorce attorney Edward J. Jennings, P.A. can help you understand your options and help you make the right decision for your family. Schedule a consultation by calling 954-764-4330 or filling out the online form.