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What to do when your spouse informs you of a divorce

On Behalf of | Apr 28, 2023 | Divorce |

Your spouse may inform you that they want a divorce. You may have seen this coming if your marriage was affected by irreconcilable issues, or it may be unexpected. Either way, you need to be careful with your response.

This guide highlights what to do when your spouse informs you of a divorce:

Stay calm

The chances are you may have questions, especially if you feel blindsided. However, it will be best to stay calm. You can take a few days before discussing crucial matters, such as when to file, who will move out, how to tell the kids and so on. Receiving divorce news can be devastating, but you can stay calm. Spending time with loved ones and going to therapy can help.

Respect your spouse  

You should respect your spouse during and after the divorce. Asking for a divorce does not make them hurt any less. They may also be going through a hard time. Thus, it will help to acknowledge their feelings and what they want. 

For instance, if they want some space, you should give them, but this may not mean leaving the family home just yet. While respecting your spouse is crucial, you don’t want to make moves that can harm your interests.

Get more information

The chances are you may not be well conversant with Florida divorce laws. But since it’s here, you should gather adequate information to make the right moves. Learn about the process, property division, spousal support and child custody and support if you have kids. You can also contact loved ones who have gone through a divorce to learn about their experiences and how they coped with them.

What you do after your spouse tells you they want a divorce can determine your case’s direction. It can also help to get legal guidance to avoid costly mistakes.