No one gets married with the idea that they will eventually divorce, but you could find yourself staring this situation in the face at some point.
With so many challenges associated with the divorce process, you need to have a clear idea of your legal rights from the start.
But before you get into the finer details of your divorce, such as who gets what and how to co-parent your children, you need to have “the” important conversation with your spouse. This is when you state your intentions with an idea of getting to the bottom of things
So, with this in mind, here are some tips to follow if it comes time to ask for a divorce:
- Choose the right day and time. This is one of the most important conversations of your life, so you need to choose a time that makes sense for both individuals. Also, this should be a private conversation.
- Think about what you want to say. Before you ever sit down to talk, have an idea of how you are going to address the subject and what you want to discuss. You don’t have to get into the finer details of your divorce, such as who will have custody of your children, but there will be things you need to talk about.
- Safety comes first. If you’re concerned that your spouse could become angry and potentially violent, ask for a divorce in a public place or over the phone. It’s not ideal, but it’s better than putting yourself in an unsafe position.
- Stick to what you know is right. Your spouse may attempt to talk you out of moving forward, but if you know this is the right decision you need to stick with your plan.
The divorce process always begins with stating your intentions. Once you do this, you can learn more about the process, the steps to expect in the months to come, and what you can do to put yourself in the best possible position during this difficult time.
Amanda Speights is a co-founder and lead family law attorney at Speights Law, PC in Cherokee County. She is an experienced family law lawyer who handles an assortment of domestic cases, including divorce, child custody, child support, appeals and other types of litigation in the state of Georgia.