Many couples wait to file for divorce until after the holidays have passed in an effort to avoid ruining the holiday season for their children. For this reason, January is one of the most popular times of year for couples to begin the process of divorce. If you are looking to separate from your spouse now that the holidays have passed, it is important that you are aware of the associated processes and tactfully break the news at the right time.
How Should I Inform my Spouse?
Telling your spouse that you want a divorce is arguably one of the most difficult conversations you can ever experience. When choosing to inform your spouse that you want to separate, it is important to choose a time when you are both calm and that you have thoroughly thought through your decision before breaking the news. Be direct and serious with your words, but considerate of your spouse’s feelings and allow them to speak their mind. If you are fearful of a violent reaction from your spouse upon informing them of your intentions, consider telling them about your feelings in a public setting.
Your ultimate goal should be to break the news as softly as possible, as you want to increase your chances of being able to complete an uncontested divorce with your spouse. Collaborating with your spouse towards a mutually acceptable divorce agreement is much preferable to an all-out battle in court. Achieving an uncontested divorce will likely only be possible if you can maintain a certain level of respect.
What Comes Next?
After you have informed your spouse, your next priority will be to retain the services of an experienced and compassionate legal team to guard your interests and help you navigate through the appropriate legal channels of dissolving your marriage. An attorney can help you negotiate with your spouse to resolve issues such as the separation of your assets, child custody arrangements, spousal support, and child support agreements. If necessary, your legal team can also represent your interests in court and advocate for a favorable outcome on your behalf.
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If you and your spouse have decided to end your marriage, a Dutchess County divorce lawyer from the Law Office of Dennis R. Vetrano, Jr., LLC can guide you through this difficult time and help you pursue an amicable solution to your marital separation. With more than 40 years of collective experience and a 2015 Avvo Clients’ Choice Award for our premier representation, your case is sure to be in excellent hands.