Making the decision to end a marriage is one of the toughest things you can ever be asked to do. After all, your spouse is someone you once loved (and may still love), and you’ve spent years together. It’s the only life you know. Also, if children are involved, the decision takes on a new level of emotional weight. Oftentimes, those factors are enough to keep people locked into a marriage that isn’t healthy for them — or the children.
If you’re thinking about a split, here are some factors to consider:
- Divorce dictates property division, support and child custody. It doesn’t take care of any emotional issues that exist within the family or suddenly and miraculously solve all of your problems. If you have children, you and your ex-spouse will still have a relationship with one another.
- One alternative is legal separation. A legal separation doesn’t just mean living apart; it’s a legal procedure that unties your marriage bonds without an actual divorce. You will be considered two independent people with no ties to one another.
- Another option is an annulment. Unlike a divorce or a legal separation, an annulment completely erases any traces of the marriage. If you’re granted one, it will be like you were never married.
All of these options can work for you depending on your situation, but none should be taken lightly. You may want to seek counseling, speak with your trusted friends and get advice from family. If you have any questions about what a divorce will mean to you and your family, you may also want to speak with an attorney.
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Representing clients exclusively in family law cases for the past 24 years, Mr. Schutz is widely regarded as a marital and family law expert. He is Board Certified in marital and family law by The Florida Bar. As a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), Mr. Schutz is committed to elevating the standards and improving the practice of family law.
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