If you are considering a divorce, but your spouse is not on board, it’s easy to get frustrated. You may be wondering what to do next, especially if you feel like your spouse is standing in the way of getting a divorce. While this can be a difficult situation, there are steps you can take to move forward.
Understand why they’re reluctant
Usually, the reluctance to get divorced has a deeper meaning than simply not wanting to end your marriage. It could be related to religious beliefs, money, family pressure or a lack of understanding of what it means to get divorced. Take time to understand why they don’t want a divorce and have an honest conversation with your spouse about their feelings.
Also, explain why you think it’s important for both of you to move forward with a divorce. Make sure that your spouse understands how their refusal is making you feel and the potential consequences of not getting divorced.
Consider filing a divorce petition
If your spouse still refuses to agree to a divorce, you may need to start the process without them. You can file a divorce petition with the court, even if your spouse does not want one. This is called a “contested” divorce and it will likely take longer and be more expensive than an uncontested divorce. This may require additional court hearings and can be very difficult if your spouse is determined to fight the divorce.
Seek legal separation
A legal separation is a court-ordered agreement that outlines each of your rights and responsibilities during the period when you are not living together. This can be a good option for couples who need some time apart but aren’t ready to end their marriage completely. A legal separation also provides some financial stability as it allows couples to continue to share health care and other benefits.
In the end, it’s important to understand that the decision to divorce is a personal one and you should make sure you’ve exhausted all other options before making any final decisions. If your spouse doesn’t want a divorce, talk to them openly about their concerns and reasons for not wanting to end the marriage and consider exploring marriage counseling or mediation services to help you reach an agreement on unresolved issues that are preventing the divorce.