The decision to end a marriage, to legally separate or to remain married is a deeply personal one. As such, only you can truly know whether filing for divorce is or is not the healthiest choice for you and your family. However, in times of trial it can be difficult to tell what is and what is not the healthiest decision to make moving forward.
Ultimately, it is important for you to examine your values and to determine whether remaining in your marriage or not will best help you fulfill those values that you most hold dear. Generally, unless there is abuse or some other “deal-breaker” affecting your marriage, it is best not to force yourself to make a decision if you are unsure of what will be the best course for you. But otherwise, thinking about a few key things may help you to come to a decision over time.
For example, ask yourself how your marriage is affecting your mental, emotional and physical health. Every couple goes through ups and downs. But if your union is leaving you ill, unhappy or otherwise unhealthy consistently, it may be time to seek help and it may be time to move on from the relationship.
Once you have made a decision to divorce or legally separate, an experienced family law attorney can help you to navigate the legal process associated with your decision. But until you have made a decision, it is important to examine your relationship and your life from all angles when asking, “Is divorce the healthiest choice for me?”
Source: The Huffington Post, “7 Steps To Deciding If Divorce Is Right For You,” Joy Cipoletti, Feb. 22, 2014