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Reasons to reconsider getting a divorce

Getting a divorce is a serious decision, and one that should never be entered into with haste. In the midst of the emotional whirlwind that seems to permeate every aspect of your days, it’s important to be as certain as you can that divorce is truly the right answer; because often times it’s not.

Here are four reasons to reconsider getting a divorce that may help you to decide once and for all if divorce is the answer.

Your children

Many people stay for the sake of the children while they fail to realize that a divorce would actually be beneficial for the children. This is especially true in marriages where there is physical or mental abuse.

“Children would rather be from a broken home, than to live in one.” This comment, by television personality, and psychologist, Dr. Phil McGraw, hits it right on the nail head. But, what if there is no physical or mental abuse in your marriage?

What if the issues you and your spouse are facing have nothing to do with abuse? What if the rough waters are due to a difference of opinion on life’s goals, or finances or your sex life? Why deprive your children the opportunity to have both of you living with them as they grow up because of a difference of opinion between you and your spouse?

If your disagreements don’t spill over, and gravely impact the lives of your children, you may want to reconsider getting a divorce.

Financial standing

It may sound heartless and uncaring, but you may reconsider getting a divorce based on what your financial standing will be once the divorce becomes final. Will you be able to make it on your own? Will your financial profile be negatively impacted so much that you won’t be able to recover from it? Many people marry for money; so why not reconsider getting a divorce because of money?

Midlife crisis

Not everyone suffers the dreaded midlife crisis, but many people do; both male and female. Realizing you’ve reached middle age can really send you into a tailspin, and cause you to make poor decisions with your life.

In many instances, this simply means running out and making a large purchase or sinking all your money into one investment as a means of making yourself feel as if you have control of your own destiny. It also gives you the opportunity to ignore the fact that middle age has caught up to you. Some people have been known to make drastic and detrimental decisions based on their fear of middle age; divorce being one of them.

If you’re experiencing a midlife crisis, and divorce is in the air, this may be one of the best reasons to reconsider getting a divorce. Talk with a family member or friend, consult your minister or seek some counseling to be sure that your desire to get a divorce isn’t a reaction to a midlife crisis.

Are you being honest with yourself?

Do you want a divorce because you’ve fallen out of love with your spouse? Is there another person involved? Can you walk away knowing it’s the only answer?

Bottom line, be sure that no matter what your reason(s) are for wanting a divorce, that they are legitimate. When you make a decision based on anything other than the truth, the chances of that decision turning out to be the right one are slim to none.

Divorce is a serious matter. So is infidelity, abuse, and your happiness. These reasons to reconsider getting a divorce may help shed some light on such a life-altering decision.

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