It takes you a while to decide that you want a divorce. It’s not something that you talk about with your spouse, because you can see that they’re happy with the relationship the way that it is. You’re not, however, and you want to leave.
When you get to that point, you get the paperwork and then you present it to them. You tell them that you need them to sign because you want to end the relationship. You do understand that they’re going to feel unhappy about this, that they might try to talk you out of it or that they might ask you to think about it a bit more.
What you don’t expect is for them to flat-out refuse. They just tell you that they won’t do accept a divorce. And, then, they don’t sign the papers. What does this mean for you?
You can still get a divorce
Your spouse can certainly tell you that they don’t want to divorce, but they have no legal ability to deny it to you. You can still split up if you want, and they don’t even really have to be a part of it. You do have to notify your spouse at the proper times and give them time to respond to these notices. However, if they miss these key deadlines and refuse to sign the paperwork or go to court, then you can still go and explain your situation to the judge. The judge can enter a default judgment on your behalf, and you get a divorce no matter what your spouse says.
As you can see, it’s very important to understand what legal options you have. Make sure you know what steps to take if your divorce gets contentious or doesn’t go how you hope.