Signs that a divorce might be the right decision

On Behalf of | Oct 17, 2017 | Divorce

Some people in Minnesota might be struggling with the idea of a divorce. It can be difficult to ascertain whether this is the right step, but in some cases, people might decide that ending their marriage is necessary.

For example, a divorce may be the right decision if people are addicted to alcohol or drugs and will not get treatment for the problem. A person might realize the extent of the problem after the spouse has been arrested more than once and promised each time to enter treatment. What often happens is that the spouse goes for a little while and then relapses. A person may decide that despite loving the spouse, it is no longer possible to continue being married.

Abuse might be another reason to end a marriage. This can be verbal or emotional. Abuse may happen gradually, and a parent might not realize how bad the situation is until it escalates to include the children.

Some parents try to stay together for the sake of the children, but even if there is not abuse in a relationship, this can still be harmful. Children may notice the tension in the home, and this can be stressful and may set a bad example for them regarding relationships in the future.

Despite these issues, in some cases, a couple might be able to negotiate a divorce agreement. Even if there is a great deal of conflict, mediation might help a couple cooperate and reach a settlement that satisfies them both. However, if one spouse is uncooperative or is likely to be emotionally abusive, the couple may need to go through litigation. A person might want to speak to an attorney about financial goals and plans for child custody so the attorney can help keep the focus on those plans if the divorce negotiations become emotionally overwhelming.