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What can you do if you want a divorce but your spouse does not?

On Behalf of | Nov 28, 2022 | Divorce

Sometimes, divorce might seem like the only option for some married couples. However, if you want to end your marriage but your spouse refuses, you might feel helpless and stuck. This is how you can handle such a situation in Texas.

Decide whether it’s really what you want

If you’ve told your spouse you want a divorce, it’s crucial to know that’s what you truly want. Speaking in the heat of an argument can be hurtful even if you didn’t mean it. If that’s not the case, reflect on your decision because it’s not one to take lightly.

Consider marriage counseling

When there is still mutual love in your marriage, you might be amenable to the idea of counseling. Sensitively approach the idea with your spouse and explain that you are open to trying to save the relationship. If therapy doesn’t create positive change, you might have no choice but to proceed with the divorce, but at least you tried.

Realize you might be on your own

If your spouse is dead set against getting a divorce, you should acknowledge that you might be on your own to handle things. You will have to figure everything out by yourself and tackle all of the legwork. This means gathering up all your financial information and determining what will happen to your children.

Whether or not your spouse likes it, you will have to have divorce papers drawn and have them served. Even if your spouse refuses to sign the divorce petition, you can still proceed without them. This would be through a contested divorce. However, you will have to go through a legal separation period first, which means moving out of the marital home. If your spouse doesn’t want a divorce, you’ll have to be the one to move.

Even if your spouse is against the idea of a divorce, you can still seek one.