Preparing for a Difficult Conversation
When you feel that you are ready to talk to your spouse about divorce, it is important that you do so in a way that is respectful and considerate. This can be a difficult conversation to have, but it is necessary if you want to move on with your life as amicably as possible. Here are some tips for how to tell your spouse about divorce in a way that will minimize stress and conflict.
Choose The Time and Place Carefully
When you bring up the divorce, it's important to choose the time and place carefully. You want to make sure that you're both in a safe, private place where you can talk openly and honestly. You also want to make sure that you have enough time to really discuss everything. Try not to rush through this conversation or leave anything unsaid.
It's also important to think about how your spouse is going to react when you tell them. If they're likely to be angry or violent, it's best not to do this at home. Choose a neutral public location like a coffee shop or restaurant instead, and if possible, have someone else with you for support.
Think About What You're Going To Say
Before you tell your spouse about the divorce, it's important to think about what you're going to say. You want to be clear and concise. Start by telling them that you've made the decision to get divorced and then explain why. Be honest about your reasons, but try not to place blame. This conversation is likely to be emotional, so it's important to stay calm and focused.
Prepare For The Worst
Unfortunately, not every spouse will react calmly when they're told about divorce — and many may not agree. It's important to be prepared for the worst and have a plan in place in case things go badly. If possible, have a friend or family member on standby who can come over if things get too heated, or have a plan for your children to sleep elsewhere. You should also make sure you know your rights and what you need to do to protect yourself.
Get Advice from an Attorney
Divorce is never easy, but it's important to be honest with your spouse about your decision. By choosing the right time and place and being prepared for the worst, you can make this conversation as smooth as possible.
If you need further guidance on how to tell your spouse about divorce or have questions about the process, be sure to reach out to the team at Verner Brumley Mueller Parker. Our team can help you determine how best to move forward at each step in the process.
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