When to Get a Divorce: Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Meet with a Lawyer
If you are unhappy in your marriage, getting a divorce won't always improve your situation. Before you consider this life-altering event, you should ask yourself the following questions:
- Have you done everything possible to save your marriage? This includes individual and couples counseling, communicating with your spouse about the issues you’re facing, attending marriage retreats, etc.
- Have you prepared yourself for life after divorce by researching the financial, legal and emotional implications?
- If you have children, are you prepared to enter a co-parenting relationship with your future ex-spouse?
- Does the marriage involve addiction, adultery or abuse?
Once you have considered these questions thoughtfully, it should be easier for you to make a decision regarding the future of your marriage and family. However, in the event that you and/or your children are being abused, you must put safety first. If you decide to pursue divorce and people in your life do not support your decision, remember that no one has experienced your exact circumstances, except for you, and that the decision is yours alone to make. You should feel at peace with your decision and not feel the need to defend yourself. Divorce is a very private matter.
We can help
The Law Offices of K. Dean Kantaras, P.A. can help you get through this difficult time and on to the next chapter of your life. You are welcome to contact either our Palm Harbor or Largo office to schedule a consultation with one of our family law attorneys. We address such issues as parenting plans and time-sharing of the children, property division, spousal support and every other matter pertinent to your potential divorce.
We aim to avoid a contested divorce whenever possible by providing attractive alternatives to both parties. If you feel that you and your spouse can cooperate enough for divorce mediation, our family law attorneys will discuss these alternatives with you during your consultation.