When your spouse let you know that he wanted to get a divorce, you were surprised and hurt. You knew that you’d been fighting more lately than usual, but you didn’t think that he would want to get a divorce.
Unfortunately, he didn’t want to work on things, so your only option is to move forward. The only problem is that he doesn’t seem to want to negotiate or resolve issues. Instead, you’re struggling to negotiate at all and are at a standstill.
What can you do to move things along and reduce the stress of this conflict?
There are many things you can do to reduce the strain of a divorce. Some ideas include:
Knowing what you need but being flexible with your wants
When you know what you need, whether it’s spousal support or a particular asset, you know that it’s non-negotiable. Make it clear what is or is not negotiable, but be respectful when you speak with your spouse. They should know what you need is not personal but simply business.
Taking plenty of breaks from the divorce
When you feel overwhelmed by a divorce, it’s okay to take a break from it. Spend time doing something you enjoy, so you can take your mind off what’s stressing you. Come back to the negotiations or divorce documents you’re working on later.
Letting your attorney handle a true breakdown in communication
Finally, if you really can’t communicate with your spouse because of a conflict, let your attorney step in. They’ll reach out to your spouse’s attorney to try to move things forward.
These are three ways to reduce your stress and move your divorce forward. With help, you will get through this.