You know you want to end your marriage, but you struggle to discuss divorce with your spouse. You feel unsure about the future, but you know that the relationship has become unsalvageable.
These tips can help you start the divorce conversation so you can move forward as amicably as possible with a divorce in Texas.
Consider place and time
Set aside time to talk to your spouse when you are both calm, clear-headed and prepared to discuss your future. Make sure you have a comfortable, private space, whether in your own home or another neutral setting. If you have children, have them stay with a trusted friend or family member. Avoid talking about divorce during a fight or while either of you is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Clarify your thoughts
Know what you plan to say before you start the conversation. Chances are, you both know if the relationship will not survive, especially if you no longer communicate or get along with your spouse. However, be ready to clearly state your plans to leave the marriage and the reasons you want to do so.
Research alternative dispute resolution
Your divorce does not have to end up in court. Even if you and your spouse disagree on important issues, you can consider alternative dispute resolution methods to come to an agreement that meets your family’s needs. Mediation may be the most well-known form of ADR and can assist with negotiation if you want to maintain an amicable divorce.
Remember that you cannot control your spouse’s reaction to this news. You can only control your approach to ending the marriage as gently as possible.