A divorce is at once an emotional journey and a legal process. It requires separating the two aspects of it in order to make decisions that will best serve you and your family.
There are several reasons that couples decide to divorce. Some people use a “fault” grounds (like infidelity, or domestic violence) and others use a “no fault” ground (such as irreconcilable differences).
Money troubles are another common reason for divorce. In fact, people in lower incomes are more likely to cite financial issues as a cause of their divorce. Whether it’s fighting over bills, credit card debt or just the inability to agree on how to manage money, it can be extremely stressful.
Another common reason for divorce is poor communication between spouses. Many studies have shown that lack of communication is one of the top causes of divorce. Having open and honest conversations about expectations, goals and dreams can help reduce the number of fights that occur in marriages.
Children often struggle with the effects of divorce. They may experience feelings of rejection, abandonment and betrayed. Additionally, they often have to cope with their parent’s new relationships and the complications that can result from those.
If you are considering filing for a divorce, check the laws of your state for the requirements. Most states require that you send the Complaint and Summons with a docket number to your spouse via certified mail, return receipt requested. Save the envelops and attach copies of them to your file. You may also need to contact the court and find out what other steps you must take to get your spouse to respond to the divorce papers.