What if your spouse resists divorce?

On Behalf of | Dec 5, 2022 | Family Law

Divorce is a difficult process for most couples. This life change can be even more challenging when one spouse wants to end the marriage and the other doesn’t want to accept the fact that the relationship is over. If you’re a Georgia resident, here are some tips to keep in mind to make your divorce as efficient as possible even when you’re met with resistance from your future ex.

Facing the truth

Even when a spouse doesn’t want to divorce, most people come to terms with the fact that their marriage is over eventually. Some people resist in an attempt to maintain control while others are trying desperately to preserve the marriage by begging for reconciliation. In most states, your soon-to-be-ex does not have to agree to the divorce. If one spouse wishes to end the marriage, it is legal to begin the divorce proceedings. Speak with a Georgia attorney about the steps you should take if you are the spouse who wants to end the relationship.

Tactics resistant spouses may use

In some cases, spouses will do everything possible to interrupt or control the legal process of divorce. Others may be passive-aggressive and agree to disclose financial information or submit paperwork without actually completing the task. Some spouses may even threaten to harm themselves or commit suicide to prevent divorce.

On the other hand, some spouses may cooperate with everything the other spouse wants in an attempt to change the mind of the spouse who wants to divorce. Once the divorce proceedings continue, the spouse who does not want to end the marriage may become very vengeful or angry. It may be best to seek legal assistance or professional counseling to help both you and your spouse to deal with this major life transition.