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Tips for telling your spouse you want to end the marriage

You've decided that you want to call off your marriage and get a divorce, but this isn't something you and your spouse have talked about and decided on mutually. It's a decision you've made. How do you break the news?

First of all, think it through. This isn't a spur-of-the-moment decision. You don't want to rush into it or make a rash decision. Be sure it's what you want.

At the same time, when you are sure that divorce is the solution you want, don't hold back and put off telling your spouse. Try to bring it up as soon as possible. This can be a long process and you both need to be on the same page.

Don't talk about it when you're angry. If you have a fight with your spouse, don't just suddenly try to "win" the fight by yelling out that you want a divorce. Sit down in a calm, controlled setting and have a discussion about it.

You may also want to work up to it. You don't just have to blurt out that you want to split up. Have a talk about some of the issues in your marriage, let your spouse talk, find out if he or she agrees, and then carefully suggest that splitting up may be a good idea.

Of course, every relationship is different, and you know your spouse better than anyone. But these tips can help you move toward a civil, non-contentious divorce, which is usually best for everyone involved -- especially if you have kids. As you move toward the legal split, take the time to really make sure you understand the process and all of your legal rights.

Source: Huffington Post, "How To Tell Your Spouse That You Want A Divorce," Susan Pease Gadoua, accessed May 19, 2017

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