When many of us in Marietta think about divorce, we think of a failing marriage in which both the husband and wife are unhappy. Maybe someone cheated, which was surprising, but after it came to light both parties wanted the divorce. While these kinds of mutual divorce are incredibly common, they are not the only way people in Georgia divorce. Sometimes, only one person wants a divorce and the other wants to work things out. When this is the case, it is important to be able to sit down and discuss divorce with respect for each other’s very different views on the matter.

It can be difficult to talk about divorce with a spouse, especially when it is clear that he or she doesn’t want one. Many people may even dread having the conversation, which raises a very important question: what exactly is causing this fear? It may be that the individual does not want to hurt his or her spouse, or that maybe he or she hopes the spouse will ask for a divorce first. Regardless, it may be an important sign to talk to a divorce lawyer before talking to a spouse.

One reason why it is so important to consult a legal professional is that you shouldn’t enter into a divorce conversation without knowing your legal rights, obligations and options. You don’t want to be caught off guard and you don’t want to do something that could impact your access to your children, pets or property. Read up on divorce and family law, and talk with a family law attorney who has represented a number of people in divorce.

Ultimately, however, the person who wants a divorce will have to bring it up, and it will likely be up to him or her to make sure the divorce proceedings continue.

Source: The Huffington Post, “How to Bring up Divorce When Your Spouse Doesn’t Want One,” Alison Heller, June 11, 2013