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Telling Your Spouse You Want a Divorce


Your marriage has been on the rocks for quite some time now. You have put so much effort into the relationship and you have expressed your desires, but things never change. You’re tired of crying over your failing marriage. You don’t want to subject the kids to any more arguments. It’s not fair to them or you.

There’s no more doubt in your mind. You’re no longer in love with your spouse, and you’re ready to end your marriage. You want a divorce, and you want it now. You don’t want to keep trying or waiting to see what will happen. But how do you tell your spouse it’s over?

This can be difficult, especially if he or she is not ready for divorce. This is a possibility even if your marriage has been struggling for quite some time. Your spouse may be agreeable or they respond in anger.  In any case, here’s how to tell your spouse your decision.

Be Delicate

Be calm when telling your spouse your decision. Simply state that you are done working on the marriage and you want a divorce. You don’t need to go into any more detail. Don’t blame the other person. Don’t start yelling and getting angry.  Don’t go into detail about how frustrated or bitter you are. Avoid getting overly emotional. Simply state that the marriage is not working out and you want to move on. Just stick to the facts, and be as short and sweet as possible.

Don’t Get Defensive

It’s possible that your spouse will be caught off guard. He or she may be oblivious to the fact that your marriage is in trouble. Therefore, they may get angry and make accusations toward you. The normal response is to defend yourself, but you want to avoid doing so. Don’t argue with your spouse, as this will only make matters worse.

Emphasize the Main Points

Your spouse may want you to change your mind. He or she may want to determine fault. Don’t fall into these traps, as your spouse is trying to encourage you to stay. Such a discussion will only make the divorce messier. Instead, make sure your spouse is aware of four key points:

  1. You are not changing your mind.
  2. You don’t want to discuss fault.
  3. You only want to discuss the details of the divorce.
  4. Your goal is a civilized divorce.

Do not discuss anything else with your spouse. Stick by your decision and see a lawyer right away to start the divorce process.

Seek Legal Help

A divorce is not something that should be taken lightly. It’s possible that your spouse may not want a divorce, so telling him or her that you want to end the marriage can be devastating.

It can be stressful if only one spouse wants a divorce. Move on with your life peacefully with Fort Lauderdale divorce attorney Edward J. Jennings, P.A. His team can help you during this difficult time. To schedule a consultation, call 954-764-4330 or fill out the online form.




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