If your spouse tells you they want a divorce, the first thing that you have to determine is if they’re serious. Many married people talk about divorce but don’t really mean it, which is really bad for a relationship. If your spouse has been doing that, you need to make sure they know that it’s not ok to talk about divorce unless they’re absolutely sure that’s what they want.
If your spouse is serious, here are some things that you can do:
When your spouse tells you they want a divorce, it can be completely overwhelming. Remember to stay calm, educate yourself and get support so that you’ll be able to think clearly and not emotionally and move forward in a constructive way.
Jill Barnett Kaufman, MSW, LCSW and Certified Parent Educator is an experienced clinician who helps clients discover new ways to resolve a variety of challenges and bring more happiness and peace into their lives.