Deep down inside, you know that it’s time to ask your spouse for a divorce. However, you also realize that this is one of the more difficult conversations you will have in your life.

The way you ask for a divorce may not be the same as the next person, but there are some tips you can follow to ease the stress and ensure that all the necessary details are taken care of:

  • Set a time for having the conversation, as you want to be in a quiet place where the two of you can have a serious conversation (without any interruptions or distractions)
  • Think about what you want to say in advance, which helps avoid a situation in which you’re lost for words and stumbling to find your way
  • Be calm and direct, as this is the best way to get everything on the table and show your spouse that you mean business
  • Don’t make jokes, because you don’t want to give off the impression that you aren’t serious about the divorce process

These may not be the only things you do when asking for a divorce, but these steps can definitely help you feel better about having this conversation.

Once you get everything out in the open, you can then learn more about the divorce process, where you fit in and how to push forward in a timely manner.

There is a lot to think about, so don’t lose sight of your legal rights. You need to do whatever it takes to protect yourself during this challenging time.

Source: The Huffington Post, “How To Tell Your Spouse That You Want A Divorce,” accessed Jan. 04, 2018