The decision to end a marriage is not something that is generally made in a quick instant. The choice to divorce is usually mulled over and only considered as a last resort. Many couples, whether they live in Massachusetts or elsewhere, will work to save their marriage but, sometimes, to no avail. Divorce may end up being the best option, and that is okay.
A couple recently shared their story about coming to the decision to divorce, and it is a story that likely rings true for many other couples. The relationship started out with hope and excitement for the future, as most relationships do. Unfortunately, time and work-related pressures quickly took over. Years passed, with good and bad times, but after 25 years together and marriage counseling attempts, the husband decided to ask for a divorce. While the wife in this relationship said she felt blindsided by her husband’s request — as divorce was never considered an option in her book — she eventually felt it was the best decision.
Whether this decision is made by one spouse or if ending the marriage is mutual determination, at the end of the day, each individual in the marriage deserves to leave the partnership with a fair and balanced settlement. Reaching agreeable terms may or may not be easy — every situation is different. However, through negotiations or litigation — if necessary — it is possible to leave the marriage prepared for the next phase in life.
By no means is divorce an easy thing. It can be emotionally and financially challenging. However, those who are ready to take this step can get through it, and legal representation can assist in ensuring settlement terms are fair and in line with applicable laws in Massachusetts.
Source: The New York Times, “Divorce Isn’t an Option, Until It Is the Only One“, Louise Rafkin, April 5, 2015