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Should we separate or divorce?

Figure it out

You may have been experiencing some issues within your marriage or civil partnership, but unsure of what to do and where to go. If you don’t want to get a divorce or civil partnership dissolution to officially end your marriage/civil partnership, there are a couple of other options for you. With that being said, it’s important to take stock and ensure that you’ve figured out everything you possibly can with each other before seeking the final end of the marriage. This is where a separation can be worthwhile to think about as it means that the marriage/civil partnership isn’t legally over, but means that you and your spouse can live apart giving you each the headspace that you perhaps need to figure everything out.

Talk

In these situations the most important thing that couples can do is talk with one another. In such a vulnerable time, communication is key. Think about why you want to separate or divorce? Are you both in agreement? Is there anything that can be tried such as marriage counseling before taking drastic action? If you can amicably agree to talk and discuss the issues surrounding the potential separation, then the more chance of a civil agreement occurring. This is especially important to ensure when there are children involved, for example.

Weigh up your options

It’s important to understand the reasons for wanting to separate and in turn the options available to you. If you’re married but both parties feel as though the marriage isn’t working out for whatever reason, you might be considering separating. Or perhaps you already have, and want to decide on the next steps. You can continue to live separately until such a time where you decide that divorce is or isn’t an option. Alternatively, if things are at a stage where the marriage is irreparable then divorce may be the best option.

Ultimately, this blog is just a guide and isn’t necessarily a one size fits all approach. If you wish to discuss your situation in more detail, or talk about your options then our friendly team of experts at Ward & Rider ware waiting to take your call or receive your email.