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My Partner Wants a Divorce and I Don’t, What Should I Do?

Getting a divorce is an upsetting process for anyone to experience. It can be particularly upsetting if your spouse asks for one when you don’t want a divorce.  For many people, the prospect of divorce can be a huge shock, even if the relationship has had problems for years.
If you are in the position where your spouse has asked for a divorce, but you don’t want your marriage to end, you may be able to try things such as marriage counselling in order to reconcile your relationship before starting divorce proceedings.
However, in many cases, once someone has asked for divorce there is very little you can do in order to change their mind. The best thing to do is try to remain as amicable as possible, even if you are upset and angry, in order to make the process as easy as possible for all involved, especially children.

The first step you need to take is research.  Whilst you may not want the divorce to happen, ignoring it will not make it go away. If your spouse has already contacted a lawyer, you will be delivered papers to sign which you can’t ignore. The best thing to do is to start research into different divorce options so that you can reach a peaceful solution. Create a list of terms that you would like to discuss and agree on during the proceedings such as custody of children and the dividing of assets and property.

Secondly, get in contact with a family law solicitor. They will be able to advise you on the different options that you have and liaise with your spouse’s solicitor in order to try and reach a civil agreement. This will make the proceedings much smoother during court.

It is understandable that you would be hurt and wanting to lash out by making the proceedings as difficult as possible, however, in the long run, this will just cause more upset and anger for everyone involved.

If you need advice in regard to getting a divorce, book a free 30-minute consultation with our expert legal team. Getting a divorce isn’t an easy process, however, our professional family law team are here to provide a personal and professional service to support your emotional and legal needs.
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