In most marriages, couples find themselves facing challenging periods. For some those challenges lead you to believe that your relationship has reached its end. Despite the emotional turmoil, it’s crucial to approach the situation with thoughtfulness and care. Below are some steps to consider when you think your marriage is over.
- Emotional Clarity: Ensure that your decision is emotionally grounded and well-considered. If necessary, seek support from a therapist to gain clarity on your feelings and intentions before taking any further steps.
- Gather Important Information: Prepare a comprehensive list of your financial assets and debts, including bank accounts, tax returns, and property details. Save copies of any statements or documents in a safe place. Having this information organized will not only assist you but will also help you understand your financial standing during the separation process. If you do not have access to these items, do not worry; we can obtain them during the process.
- Legal Consultation: It is essential to consult with a legal professional to understand your rights and options, especially regarding the potential paths of Mediation, Collaborative Divorce, or Litigation. Seeking multiple opinions can provide you with a broader perspective on the best approach for your specific circumstances.
- Protect Your Assets: If there are concerns about the safety of certain assets, take precautions to safeguard them. This might involve securing important documents or possessions in a safe location, such as a safety deposit box or with a trusted family member.
- Respectful Communication: When communicating your decision to your spouse, approach the conversation with empathy and respect. Opt for a calm and considerate setting, ideally without the presence of children. Be prepared for a range of emotional reactions and give your spouse the space they need to process the news.
- Patience and Understanding: Recognize that your spouse may need time to come to terms with the situation. Avoid pressuring them into making immediate decisions, especially regarding matters such as property division or custody arrangements. Allow the necessary time and space for both parties to process their emotions.
By following these guidelines and seeking professional guidance, you can approach the challenging journey of ending a marriage with greater clarity and understanding. Remember that each situation is unique, and it’s crucial to prioritize both emotional well-being and legal protection throughout this difficult process.
Contact Family Ally
If you have questions or need legal assistance regarding divorce or any other family law matter, please contact Jennifer Piper at 314-449-9800 to schedule a consultation. Family Ally is located at 130 S. Bemiston Ave., Suite 608, St. Louis, MO 63105.