Getting caught unaware by a divorce filing is jarring, and it may also have a real impact on the case. You’ll start out feeling unprepared and potentially overwhelmed. You may realize that your spouse has spent months getting ready to file, all while you thought that the marriage was fine. They seem to have the upper hand.
As such, it’s important for you to understand the signs signaling an upcoming divorce before your spouse files. This can allow you to take proper action to prepare and get ready in advance, giving yourself a far better position when you get to court. Some red flags and signs of divorce include:
- Whenever you talk to your spouse, you feel like you’re always on the defensive. It never seems like you’re on the same page and every conversation has the potential to turn into an argument.
- Communication breaks down completely. When you have problems, you don’t talk about them. You don’t fix them. You just focus on your own lives.
- You start thinking about what life would be like if you were not married, or you consider being married to someone else. This can show that, even if you’ve never said it out loud, you’re unhappy with the relationship.
- You know that something is wrong and you suggest counseling. Your spouse rejects the idea and refuses to go. This could mean that they have already made up their mind to ask for a divorce, but they just have not done it yet.
If you do get divorced, you must know all of your legal rights when dividing assets, doing financial planning, splitting up time with your children and much more.