I Think I Want a Divorce – What Next?
There are many reasons people come to our offices and say, “I think I want a divorce.” Some people are dealing with a cheating spouse. Others are sick of fighting and conflict, and still others have simply grown apart.
If you think you want a divorce, that may mean your marriage is beyond repair – and if that’s the case, you need to talk to a Stockton divorce attorney who can help. Your spouse may be feeling the same way, and it might be just a matter of time before your spouse files for divorce anyway.
I Think I Want a Divorce: How to Explore Your Options
For many people who think they want a divorce, it makes sense to talk to a counselor or therapist. Talking to a professional can help you sort out your feelings – and, if necessary, give you the push you need to take the first step if divorce is the right choice for you.
Your therapist might ask you if you’ve made every effort you can to save your marriage. He or she can also help you evaluate how you’ve been processing the emotions that go hand-in-hand with ending a marriage.
You can also schedule a consultation with a divorce lawyer. Your attorney will fill you in on the likely outcomes of your case, answer your questions, and let you know how the entire process works.
Related: Divorce Checklist: What to Do Before You File for Divorce
What Comes After “I Think I Want a Divorce”?
If you’re seriously considering divorce, you’ll have to evaluate your options and think about the consequences you’re likely to face. Going through with it means you’ll have to negotiate with your spouse on matters like:
Naturally, if your spouse won’t agree with you, your lawyer will fight hard to get you – and your kids – what you deserve. It’s just that negotiation is usually the best option.
Related: 13 Divorce Negotiation Tips You Can Use Today
5 Signals That You’re Really Headed for Divorce
When you’re simply considering divorce, it’s easy to miss signals that nearly always lead to divorce. Take a look at your marriage – and if any of these five signals are present, it may be time to talk to a lawyer about filing:
- Emotional disengagement. You have turned off your emotions toward your spouse – or your spouse has turned off his or her emotions toward you. You just don’t love each other anymore.
- Lack of sex. In a marital relationship, sex and physical connection is what sets it apart – otherwise, you have a roommate you share responsibilities with.
- There’s no conflict resolution. You go to bed mad, wake up mad and stay mad when you butt heads. Eventually, you simply won’t care about smoothing over conflict (if you’re not there already).
- You focus more on things outside your marriage. An empty marriage is boring, so you pour yourself into other aspects of your life.
- You’re preparing to be single. If you think about the future and your spouse isn’t part of it, or if you’re more interested in getting in shape to improve future dating prospects than you are to impress your spouse, it might be time to talk to a lawyer.
Do You Need to Talk to a Lawyer Because You Think You Want a Divorce?
If you’re contemplating divorce, you owe it to yourself to find out what kinds of options you have.
Call us at 209-910-9865 to schedule a consultation with a divorce attorney now. We can help you with a wide range of divorce issues, including child custody, spousal support, property division and more.
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