Making the decision to file for a divorce is never an easy one. If you are reading this article, it’s likely that you are at least in the consideration phase of divorce. At this stage, you have a major decision to make: whether you should actively engage in repairing your marriage, or whether it’s time to call it quits.
There will undoubtedly be many factors in your decision-making process, which is why the decision can be particularly difficult. If you have children, you will want to consider their needs, while also acknowledging that happy parents are the best parents. While not an exhaustive list, the following is an overview of some good reasons to file for a divorce.
When you are being physically or emotionally abused
Physical or emotional abuse in a marriage is known as domestic violence or domestic abuse, and it is a crime. If you are suffering physical harm or being bullied or controlled by your partner, contact a domestic abuse helpline or put in place an emergency restraining order for your own safety and the safety of your children.
When your children are suffering
Beingor living in an unhappy household can be detrimental to children. If you can see that your dysfunctional marriage is having a negative impact on your child, it is important that you consider divorce for their benefit, as you should always be putting the needs of your children first.
When you can’t imagine the marriage getting better
Some marriages get better through couple’s therapy or through a commitment from both parties to make it work. However, if you are at a point where you do not believe that your marriage will get better, it’s probably best to file for divorce sooner rather than later.
If you are in an unhappy marriage, take the first steps today to understand how divorce law applies to your situation and how you can startfor yourself and your children.