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How to ask for a divorce without causing more trouble

The mere thought of asking for a divorce is enough to scare you away from doing so. However, if you realize that your marriage is no longer working, it may be something you need to do.

There's no easy way to ask for a divorce, but there are steps you can take to do so without causing more harm than good. Consider the following tips:

  • Be honest about your feelings: This isn't the time to hide anything from your spouse. Tell them why you want a divorce and stick to it. If you know that it's time to move on, stick to your decision.
  • Keep calm: It's easy to let your emotions get the best of you, so stay calm throughout the conversation.
  • Choose the right time and place: Asking for a divorce is difficult enough. If you choose to do so at the wrong time and/or wrong place, it'll only complicate matters.
  • Skip the details: It sounds like a good idea to discuss the details of your divorce, such as who will get the family home or custody of the children, but it has the potential to escalate the conversation to an argument. You'll have enough time for this as you go through the divorce process, so wait until then.

Once you ask for a divorce, you have one of your biggest challenges out of the way. At that point, you can turn your focus to the process, your legal rights and devising a strategy to help you along the way. It can be a long journey from start to finish, but proper preparation will help.

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