How to avoid divorce regret

On behalf of Gary Kirk of Kirk Montoute Dawson LLP posted in Family Law on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

Divorce, as is the case with most major life decisions, requires a lot of thought. After all, choosing to part ways with a committed partner isn’t something to be taken lightly. As it turns out, many divorced couples ultimately end up regretting their decision which makes tackling the topic even more critical.

How can you ensure that you are making the right decision? While there are no guaranteed ways to find the answer you’re looking for, there are certain questions you can, and should, take into consideration.

Asking The Right Questions

Some instances of divorce are absolutely inevitable. Couples forced to recognize irreconcilable differences are left with little choice but to move forward separately. In other situations, partners may find themselves working together to determine what the best course of action will be.

According to a psychotherapist and relationship coach, couples who are considering divorce should ask each other three questions before taking the next step. First, she recommends considering whether each spouse would be happier if they were not a part of the relationship. Second, they should look inward and question if they are happy with the person the marriage has shaped them into. Third, both parties should speak openly and honestly about what they would be willing to do in order to keep the relationship alive.

Accepting The End Result

The end result of taking the time to ask each other these big questions won’t necessarily be a happy marriage. There’s a reason that couples contemplate divorce and most of them are quite valid. The key message is that divorce, like marriage, is a monumental decision and requires careful rational consideration.

Regardless of where a couple finds themselves in the divorce process, having the right support is essential. From an experienced family lawyer to a skilled counsellor or therapist, expert guidance can go a long way in moving towards the decision that best reflects your individual needs.

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