Divorce: What You Need To Know

By on December 3, 2019

Getting a divorce is a huge life decision and one which you need to consider carefully before taking any kind of action. It should be a last resort after you have tried to make the relationship work, but unfortunately, divorce is quite common nowadays and is often unavoidable. There are many reasons why a couple may decide to end their marriage, and this can be a stressful, upsetting, and complicated process to go through, no matter the reason for the separation. There are a few important things to be aware of before moving forward with a divorce – read on to find out what these are.

It Can Be Lengthy & Complex

Divorces are very rarely quick and easy processes, particularly if there are children and/or high-value assets involved. Most divorces take 4 to 6 months to complete, which could make this an emotional and demanding period of your life that you need to be prepared for. The key to a smooth process is making sure that you have an experienced divorce lawyer in your corner who can handle the legalities, while you take steps to build your new life. If you are considering changing your name, there are plenty of companies that offer full-service, which will take the burden off of you. Even once the official process is complete, it will still take some time to move on and get used to your new situation.

You Need To Have Valid Reasons

You cannot get a divorce simply because you no longer get along. In order to file a petition for divorce, you need to prove that the marriage has broken down to a point where it is irretrievable. This could be for several valid reasons, such as:

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  • Adultery
  • Desertion for 2 years
  • Separation for 2 years with consent
  • Unreasonable behavior

It Can Traumatize Children

If you have children with your partner, then you should think very carefully about divorce, as it can be traumatic and have a lasting impact on their life. Equally, you must also realize that growing up in a toxic environment can be just as damaging, so it may be that a divorce is in their best interest. If you do decide to move forward with the divorce, then you and your partner need to put your kids first and ensure that you both support them throughout the process and reassure them that it is not their fault.

You, Will, Need Support

Leading on from this, you will also need support throughout the divorce, so you will want to have family and friends around you. There is never a “winner” in divorce, and it can be hugely draining for both parties and made much harder if you are used to supporting one another. In addition to friends and family, you may find it helpful to speak to a therapist and/or join online communities where you can speak to others going through the same experience.

If you are thinking about getting a divorce, then consider the above points. It can be a messy, lengthy and distressing process to go through, but, ultimately, it is sometimes the best path forward, not only for you but for everyone.

Maggie Hammond Proud momma to two littles and one too many furry friends. Passionate about alternative medicine, the great outdoors and animal welfare.

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Divorce: What You Need To Know