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Thinking about divorce? Ask yourself these questions first

Divorces are, at their core, legal documents separating you from your spouse and ending your marriage. While there are many reasons you may want to get a divorce, you also need to take the time to weigh your options.

Getting a divorce won't necessarily end your troubles with your spouse. For instance, if you have children, a divorce might not mean you can stop talking to your ex-spouse. Before you get a divorce, take time to think about different aspects leading up to your decision.

1. Why do you want a divorce?

This is the most important question to ask. Why do you really want a divorce? Do you think your partner is violating your marriage by cheating? Do you feel like you don't get enough time together? Find the core reason and think it through.

2. Is there anything you can do to prevent divorce?

Once you know the core reason that you want a divorce, talk to your spouse about it. Is there anything you can do to resolve the problem you're having? If not, and if you're sure you want to get a divorce, it's time to think about costs.

3. Are you financially prepared for divorce?

Divorces have the potential to cost thousands of dollars. Additionally, you need to be able to support yourself while you're getting a divorce. Are you prepared financially? Do you have savings or funds to support you? This may play a role in when you decide to seek a divorce.

4. Are you prepared to talk to your spouse about divorce?

Finally, ask yourself if you're willing to talk to your spouse about the serious state of your relationship. If you're still not sure if you want a divorce, wait until you're firm in your decision. Once you say you want a divorce, you may not be able to take back that decision.

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