The decision to pursue an Ontario divorce is often the hardest decision anyone will make. After all, no one gets married thinking that the union will end in divorce. When it comes time to consider whether or not filing for divorce is the best option though, there will probably be a lot of soul-searching.
So, what questions should one ask themselves before filing for divorce? A recent news article covered this topic, and many of the questions will likely be relevant for anyone who is considering divorce. First, anyone in this position will want to ask themselves whether or not they are financially prepared for the implications of getting a divorce. In many cases, the messier the divorce process, the more expensive it can be.
Next, consider whether or not one is actually familiar with how the legal process of getting a divorce works. Knowing the “nuts and bolts” of the legal process can help a person make a decision about whether divorce is the right option. It is also important to consider what goals one is trying to accomplish by getting divorced. Yes, there will be more freedom to make decisions without another person’s input, but a divorce may not completely sever that connection to the soon-to-be ex-spouse, especially if there are children involved.
Lastly, many people consider whether or not there are alternatives to divorce. Perhaps, the couple should consider couples therapy, some time apart or whether there are major life changes that will get better over time, like having a new born. In the end, getting divorced is a big decision, and asking the right questions before starting the process is always a good first step.