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Bring up divorce can be difficult for Massachusetts spouses

Divorce can often be a difficult subject to broach. When it seems that the decision to divorce is one-sided, bringing up that potentially hurtful conversation can seem almost impossible. It is important for Massachusetts residents to know that gaining information on divorce can greatly help in starting that needed conversation. Understanding that it can be a difficult topic and learning how to raise the subject can help a person wanting a divorce to move forward.

A good starting point before bringing up the conversation is to make sure divorce is truly what is wanted. Spending time contemplating the repercussions of separating as well as those of staying together can bring weight to the decision and help understand why a spouse may feel like divorce is necessary. Understanding personal feelings is just as important as considering how the other party may react to the topic. Once the person has come to terms with his or her emotions and is certain divorce is what he or she wants, maintaining respect toward the other party's emotions and feelings is of great significance.

Should one partner not be expecting to be presented with the idea of divorce, the moment of introducing the subject can come as a great shock. Staying firm on the decision could become necessary should the other partner try any persuasion to change their spouse's mind. Creating a calm and non-threatening environment with respect toward the other's feelings can help the discussion go in the right direction.

Of course, understanding divorce laws and proceedings in Massachusetts is also a must. Divorce can be difficult on both parties involved, even the one initiating the process. Having the knowledge of how the process will occur and what to expect can make the transition much easier.

Source: Huffington Post, "How to Bring up Divorce When Your Spouse Doesn't Want One," Alison Heller, June 11, 2013

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