When you said, "I do," you likely made that vow with the intention of staying with your spouse through sickness and health, the good times and bad, and various other scenarios.
However, you may have more recently begun to think that instead of making a vow, your partner duped you into an agreement to which the other party did not intend to adhere. Your once-loving relationship may now have you wondering how you could have ever married your spouse in the first place.
While vows of any type should be taken seriously, you do not have to stay in an unhappy and unhealthy relationship. Of course, before you immediately jump into filing for divorce, you undoubtedly want to make sure that it is the right decision for your situation.
Assess your marriage
When it comes to being certain that you want to end your marriage, you may want to assess your marital relationship at a time when you feel calm. In the heat of an argument, you may understandably find yourself repeatedly thinking you want a divorce, but the true decision should come when you have had the ability to clearly consider the situation and whether any alternatives may suit the circumstances.
Review your finances
When deciding whether to end a marriage, it is important to consider the financial impacts this move would have. Divorcing can take a considerable financial toll and have lasting financial effects. Therefore, you may want to ensure that you understand your current financial picture and know whether you could feasibly handle finances on your own. It is also wise to gather finance-related documents.
At this time, you may also have a chance to get an idea of how your current finances may affect your ability to obtain spousal support.
Consider the kids
Do you have children? If so, you likely already have them on your mind when considering how divorce could affect your family. If you would like to pursue a specific child custody arrangement, you may want to understand how Louisiana state laws may come into play and what steps you may need to take to bolster your custody argument.
Think about help
Even before you make the final decision to end your marriage, you may want to make sure you have the right information. Consulting with an attorney could help you obtain reliable information about your legal options, along with how your particular circumstances could influence your case. In the event that you do choose to file for divorce, this legal professional could assist you every step of the way.