All marriages are uniquely challenging, and it is simply impossible to predict the difficulties that you and your spouse will face in your relationship. Some relationship tensions are caused due to incompatibility and personality differences, but others are tensions that have arisen from circumstances beyond your control, such as a loss of a job or an illness.
Many people spend years contemplating divorce, but they do not know whether they should take action. Many wonder about how filing for divorce will affect their reputation, and they may fear that they will be crippled with guilt as a consequence of giving up on their marriage. Additionally, it is very common for married parents to worry about how a divorce would affect the emotional well-being of their children.
How do I make a decision on the future of my marriage?
There is no easy answer to the decision you should make regarding the future of your marriage. However, it is important that you invest in time to reflect on the possibilities. Visualization techniques can help you to make a decision for the path forward. You may want to spend time trying to imagine how you would want your life to look in five years. Would it be a situation in which you have worked through your difficulties with your current spouse, or could it be a life where you are free from the strains of your marriage, living as a financially independent single parent?
What factors should I consider before filing for divorce if I decide to do so?
Another emotional barrier that can prevent a person from filing for divorce can be the fear of the unknown. Many spouses simply do not know how the divorce process will work out for them financially, especially in a high-asset divorce. If your spouse is the primary earner in your high-asset household, it is important that you look into what the likely financial outcome of divorce would be for you.
If you are unhappy in your marriage, you can explore the possibility of a divorce without making a commitment. You can do this by looking into how the law would be applied to your specific circumstances.