Understanding when divorce is not the right option

When a Maryland marriage is faltering, spouses have to make a series of difficult decisions regarding whether to remain married and try to work through their difficulties, or if the time has come to throw in the towel and move forward as singles. There are certain marital scenarios that are absolutely beyond repair. However, most couples would be well served to give their relationship every possible chance for success before the decision is made to file for divorce.

One sign that divorce may not be the best path is when one or both spouses waiver when faced with making a definitive decision on the matter. Even when things have seriously deteriorated between a husband and wife, the choice to end the marriage is a serious one. Until a spouse is certain that divorce is the best course of action, it is better to err on the side of caution than to move forward without being fully resolute.

Another sign that the marriage is not conclusively over is when both spouses are willing to try counseling. Couples therapy can help spouses work through their marital problems in a neutral space, and can teach important communications skills. Individual counseling is also a great option, and can help each spouse to identify his or her own feelings about the relationship and whether or not it suits their needs.

Divorce is a big step, and one that should never be taken lightly. Couples who are considering ending their marriage should take the time and make the effort to determine whether their relationship can be saved before moving forward with a divorce process. Even after the process has started, it is never too late to withdraw and try to work things out. For those Maryland spouses who have given their all and still feel that divorce is the best choice, they will be able to move forward in the knowledge that they gave the marriage every possible chance of success.

Source: Huffington Post, Divorce Confidential: When Divorce Is a Bad Idea, Caroline Choi, Dec. 18, 2013

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