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Answer these personal questions before asking for a divorce

Is the idea of divorce swirling around your head? Are you wondering if this is the best way to improve your life?

Before we go any further, remember this: Filing for divorce is one of the biggest decisions you can make. For this reason, you need to be careful of the steps you take.

Before you discuss the divorce process with your spouse, there are some personal questions you must first address. Consider the following:

-- Why did you marry your spouse in the first place? If you look back to what made you happy in the beginning of your marriage, you may be able to find this again in the future.

-- Have you considered all your options for making things work? For example, counseling is something that many couples consider. If you haven't tried to save your marriage, it may be time to do so.

-- What will happen as the divorce process moves forward? It's easy to believe that your divorce will solve all your problems, but you need to understand how this will change your life. From your personal life to your finances, you are sure to be faced with many changes.

When you answer these personal questions before asking for a divorce, you can better understand if this is the right choice for you at the present time. If you find that it's time to move forward, discuss this with your spouse and then create a plan for moving through the process in a time efficient and effective manner. There will be challenges along the way, but this is all part of the process.

Source: The Huffington Post, "10 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Ending Your Marriage," accessed Jan. 20, 2017

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