Marriage is a legal contract, and if one party wants to extricate himself or herself from it, he or she can do that – with all the consequences that come with this decision. In other words, if your spouse wants a divorce and you do not, there is not much you can do about – other than attempt to get to the heart of the matter. Even if you hope to save the marriage and are invested in doing so, it is still a good idea to consult with an experienced McLennan County divorce attorney to help ensure that your parental and financial rights are well protected throughout (in the event that you do move forward toward divorce).
We are beginning to come out of a year that has been difficult on all of us. Some of us, however, are better equipped to cope than others. The truth is that divorces are on the rise, and it is generally believed that the pandemic plays a serious role in this. While you cannot force your spouse to get help, you can offer to seek marriage counseling together, which might provide both of you with some much-needed relief. Whether he or she takes you up on the offer is another matter, but it can help to know that you have taken the steps available to you to help save your marriage.
If Your Spouse Is Shutting You Out
If your spouse has made a unilateral decision to get a divorce and is leaving you out of his or her thinking process – and everything else – it is a pretty clear sign that he or she is not interested in moving toward a divorce built on good-faith negotiations. This can signal a difficult path forward. If your spouse is shutting you out, it can make settling your case outside of court less probable. Without open lines of communication, it can be very difficult (if not impossible) to negotiate mutually acceptable divorce terms. Additionally, all that silence has to make you wonder what your spouse might be hiding, which means you might have to do considerable digging to help ensure that your financial rights are well protected.
The Easy Way Out
The truth of the matter is that it is easier to walk away from a marriage that is experiencing difficulties than it is to stay and work on making it stronger. This is true of all relationships, but relationships are, of course, important to the fabric of our lives. The contractual consequences of a divorce can be difficult enough, including those related to all of the following:
The equitable division of marital property (How Is Debt Divided in a Texas Divorce?)
Child custody arrangements
The emotional consequences, on the other hand, can be even more daunting.
An Experienced McLennan County Divorce Attorney Can Help
Brett Pritchard at The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard in McLennan County, Texas, is an accomplished divorce attorney who takes great pride in helping clients like you obtain favorable divorce terms that help them live fuller post-divorce lives. To learn more, please do not wait to contact or call us at 254-501-4040 today.