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Telling a spouse that one wants a divorce can be difficult

Even if a person in Georgia is eager to call it quits with a spouse, breaking the news to the spouse can naturally be difficult. This is because the breaking-up of a marriage can incite feelings of shock or even frustration from the other party. Taking the right steps when telling a spouse that one wishes to split up may help to make a divorce proceeding involving asset distribution much more amicable.

People sometimes talk to others about their desire to get divorced before talking to their spouses. These other individuals might include trusted family members, friends, members of the clergy or even therapists. The emotional support they receive from these parties might give them the courage needed to finally communicate their feelings to their spouses.

However, when a person is ready to open up to his or her spouse about the matter, it’s best not to blindside the other party. In some cases, the spouse may not be shocked because the two individuals may have already gone through marriage therapy and had many discussions about their marital issues. In other scenarios, a spouse might have no idea that the other is feeling unsure about the marriage and thus may feel devastated, angry or be in denial about the situation.

If two people can approach a divorce cordially, they will be more likely to reach a mutually agreed-to settlement involving matters such as property division. On the contrary, if the transition to divorce is difficult, and the two individuals can’t get along, a judge will make important decisions for them regarding these issues. It is within both individuals’ rights to pursue their rightful share of marital property in Georgia.

Source: The Huffington Post, "How To Tell Your Spouse That You Want A Divorce", Susan Pease Gadoua, Aug. 4, 2014

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