My Spouse Just Told Me They Want a Divorce. What Do I Do Now?

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Many dream about the day they fall in love with the person they wish to spend the rest of their lives with. You may be thrilled to have found a life partner. However, as your life together progresses, you may discover that your spouse does not share the same sentiments. If your spouse tells you they want a divorce, this can feel earth-shattering. Unfortunately, many are unsure how to proceed through these circumstances. If this reflects your circumstances, the following blog and a Los Angeles divorce attorney can help you navigate these complex matters.

What Should I Do When My Spouse Tells Me They Want a Divorce?

Whether you had a feeling that your spouse was unhappy or their words have completely blindsided you, it’s imperative to respond in a calm and collected manner, even if you are devastated by their decision. In many instances, getting angry or violent can only affirm to your spouse that they made the right choice. Instead, you can calmly explain to your spouse that you’re upset by their feelings and ask if they would be willing to try to make things work. However, it’s imperative to understand that you may be unable to change their mind.

The next thing you should do if your spouse does not want to try to work things out is to start educating yourself on the divorce process and what to expect. Many are unfamiliar with how divorces work because they assume they will never endure one. However, taking the time to research laws in California about property division, alimony, and child support can help you familiarize yourself with what to expect.

Finally, you’ll want to begin by compiling your financial documents. Divorce is just as much financial as it is legal and emotional. As such, you’ll want to gather all relevant records like bank accounts, credit card statements, life insurance policies, mortgages and loan information, debts, and estate planning documents.

Do I Need an Attorney?

When you discover that your spouse wants a divorce, you may assume you guys can come to an agreement on your own. While a small amount of couples can do this, it’s not recommended. Even though you trust and love your spouse, going through a divorce is a legal and financial matter. As such, it’s in your best interest to enlist the guidance of an attorney during this time to ensure the terms of your divorce are fair and your property is protected.

At the Zitser Family Law Group, our dedicated team understands how complex these matters can be. That’s why we’re committed to helping you navigate these issues. We can help handle the legal complexities you’re facing during these difficult times so you can focus on moving on and transitioning into the next chapter of your life. Contact our team today to get started.

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