What to Do if Your Spouse Threatens Divorce
Why has your spouse threatened to leave?
Does threatening divorce harm a marriage?
It is normal to think about divorce every now and then. It is also normal during difficult times in a relationship to have the urge to make or suggest drastic changes. In moments of high emotionality, however, it is important to take a breath and think about what you say before you say it. Ultimately, a divorce may be desired, but threatening one is no casual matter and doing so can cause serious harm to a marriage.
When divorce is threatened, the underlying belief that both spouses are in it together is challenged. Communication is made harder due to frightening stakes, which only worsens the conflict in the long run. Most importantly, separation which was once not in the cards becomes a real possibility.
What to do if your spouse has threatened to divorce you
- Talk with your spouse. Wait until you’re both calm, then communicate openly with your hear.
- Conduct a plan for your relationship moving forward. Determine what you and your partner both want for your future.
This may involve working on your relationship such as through marriage counseling, or emotionally and financially preparing yourself for divorce if that is what you decide on.
- Consult an attorney. If your spouse has threatened divorce, it is important to educate yourself on how to protect your best interests. Consulting with a family law attorney is a great way to learn your options.
Consulting a family law attorney
On top of the emotional toll of a divorce, you will need to deal with the aspects of the litigation, such as responding to discovery or appearing in court. Rather than fighting that alone, a family law attorney will aid you through this difficult process. Even in this uncertain time, you have options and power.
One such attorney is Marcy Millard of Alpharetta, Georgia. The Millard Law Firm boasts almost 20 years of practice, 42+ years of combined experience, and over 850 successfully completed cases.
What is in the best interest of your children?
It can feel like common sense that the choice to divorce will negatively impact your children, but this is not always the case. A child does best when they grow up with healthy, happy models of adulthood and relationships. Living surrounded by chronic parental conflict may cause more pain for them in the long run.
Outside of avoiding these negatives, a divorce, if required, may inspire positives for your children as well. When modeled constructively, children of divorce can learn healthy relationship skills, develop empathy and adaptability, and be able to spend more quality time with their parents.
Choosing the right attorney can help encourage the positives and mitigate the negatives. As a child of divorce herself, Marcy Millard is passionate about helping the children affected by the cases she litigates. Her own experiences provide insight into helping her clients work through the emotional trauma of a family law case. In addition, they have enabled her to assist her clients in better understanding how they can help their own children navigate through major change.
If you need help making the best choices for yourself and your family during a divorce, contact Millard Law Firm and set up your consultation. We will review your case and begin building a plan of action that we believe suits your best interests. With an in-depth knowledge and extensive history, you can count on Marcy and her team to provide you with the compassionate support and tenacious advocacy that you require at this time.