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Making the decision to end a marriage

Deciding to end a relationship is never an easy choice. Allegheny County spouses often take a long time to think about divorce before making a final decision. Professionals who study relationships counsel couples and assist spouses with the divorce process have advice for spouses considering the dissolution of a marriage.

Spouses wavering on a divorce decision may want to look back on the reasons they decided to marry. Reviewing elements that caused the relationship to work at the beginning may help pinpoint when and why the marriage started to sour. Whether happiness and contentment can be recaptured may depend upon the effort you and a spouse put forth to repair the relationship.

Counseling is an option many couples skip before divorce. An objective party may provide guidance that can lead to a satisfying marriage. Even if reparations can't be made, you'll have a better understanding of reasons the relationship didn't work.

Think about changes you'd make in the relationship to improve it. Identify who would have to make those changes and whether he or she would agree to do so. If a spouse is not willing to budge, a behavior over which you have no control, your choice becomes whether or not to accept the relationship the way it is.

Practically, someone contemplating divorce must think about the personal and economic impact of the divorce process and the future after marriage. Legal issues like child custody and support, alimony and property division cannot be avoided during divorce. Unfortunately, decisions about these important issues come at a time when managing emotions is often difficult.

For most individuals, divorce has a tremendous effect upon finances -- moving from a two-income household to a single-income lifestyle can be difficult. Spouses must consider the sacrifices, resources and preparations required. One resource should be the advice of professionals, like an attorney who understands your objectives through the divorce process.

Source: The Huffington Post, "10 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Ending Your Marriage," Brittany Wong, Sep. 10, 2015

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