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How to End a Marriage

April 17, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 128

At this point in your marriage, you have probably tried to work out differences with your spouse. You may realize that you can continue struggling to get along with your spouse or deal with other issues, but you have decided you are through with it.

I will offer practical ways to help you end your relationship, whether it be divorce or separation. It will be important to accept any mistakes you may have made in the marriage. You will have to really think about your decision before going through with it. Once you have thought about it, you will need to be firm about it. Be respectful but firm with your spouse when discussing your decision. Finally, expect the worst reaction from your spouse. I will explain these steps you need to take below.

Accept that both of you are at fault in some ways. Consider a few things: Have you always been completely open with your spouse? Were you ever too busy or tired to respond to something he or she said? This may have caused some resentment. Did you feel your spouse wasn't living up to their end of the bargain? This may have made them feel unworthy. As you can probably agree, it would only be fair to accept some blame.

Take the time to really think about your decision and what it will mean. Only when you have thought about it enough and you are certain of it, should you move ahead. Make sure you are not angry or upset when you make this decision or you may have doubts later. Some considerations may be your finances and children. Are you prepared financially for this? Ensure that your finances are in order. Do you have children together? Consider the impact it will have on them.

Assuming you have made the decision for divorce or separation, ignore any second thoughts you have at this time. You have thought about your decision enough and should be prepared to follow through with it. Have a discussion with your spouse in private to avoid distractions, and let him or her know the decision you have made. This is not a time for debate or blaming each other. You will need to be fair and admit to your faults, while avoiding an argument.

You will need to discuss your new arrangements with your spouse. Also, provide any contact information your spouse may need. If you have children, you and your spouse should both discuss with your children the new arrangements. Try to be respectful to each other in front of them. Answer any questions they have about the divorce or separation, and address any of their concerns.

Unfortunately, with this new freedom may come new problems. Your spouse, or ex-spouse, may feel bitter and resentful. It's not very rare that an ex-spouse takes revenge on the other ex-spouse for leaving them. Be prepared for this.

We have covered the essential steps that must be taken to end a marriage. As you can imagine, the decision to end you marriage and the issues involved are going to be difficult to handle, Talk to you friends and family and get their support.

Visit my blog, Online Marriage Advice, for more marriage topics.

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