Many couples wait for quite a while after their marriage fails before they file for divorce. If you and your spouse are in agreement that the marriage is irrecoverable, you may wonder about the best time to file the divorce petition.
There are a few questions that you should ask.
Is your spouse still willing to wait?
Sometimes, one party in the marriage becomes impatient about filing for divorce. Whether they wish to move on and have found someone new or they simply want to close the door on their past, you should discuss the timing with your spouse to ensure that you are both in agreement.
Do you have young children to consider?
One of the most common reasons why couples delay their divorce filing is out of concern for the children. If your children have reached teenage years or older, they can weather the divorce more easily. Younger children need more support.
Do you have family commitments?
Whether you are preparing for major holiday celebrations or you have a family reunion coming up that both of you have committed to attending, you might want to wait to formally separate and file the divorce. Talk with your spouse about any special events and how they could affect your plans.
Impulsive decisions about divorce can have unintended consequences. Before you rush into any decisions, talk with your spouse about these considerations and ensure that you both have legal representation. This ensures a fair, equitable agreement and an easy divorce process from separation to the final decree.