This month we have been discussing newlyweds who divorce: what goes wrong, who may be to blame, and what questions you should ask before heading to court. In this blog post, we will take a quick look at how you can help prevent a newlywed divorce:
- Take your time. As you might guess, a significant number of newlywed divorces come after short courtships. Don’t be afraid to date for a while before getting engaged, or staying engaged for an extended period of time.
- Consider pre-marital counseling. Talking with a professional about your present issues and predicting future issues can stop conflict before it even starts.
- Talk about money. A large percentage of divorces involve arguments about money and finances—and some of these arguments start soon after a couple’s bank accounts merge. Understanding each person’s relationship to money and having a family budget can help prevent these conflicts.
- Talk about your long-term plans. You may be very in love, but do you have the same dreams and goals? Be sure to discuss your career plans, you wish to have (or not have) children, and other long-term issues.
- Put your deepest beliefs on the table. Many couples get divorce because of “irreconcilable differences.” While some of these differences develop over time, others are present from before the vows were exchanged.
In the end, some partnerships aren’t meant to be, and some circumstances aren’t bearable or healthy. If you would like to begin the divorce process, speak to an experienced, knowledgeable Seattle divorce attorney today. To schedule a consultation, call the Law Offices of Molly B. Kenny: 425-460-0550.