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What happens when your spouse asks for a divorce?

The state of Minnesota allows an individual to obtain a divorce even if their spouse doesn’t want to end the marriage. However, if your spouse wishes to seek a divorce, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the relationship is going to end.

Why is your spouse asking for a divorce?

It isn’t uncommon for individuals to seek the end of a relationship because they are anxious or frustrated about something. For instance, your spouse may be seeking a divorce because they think that you have been engaged in adultery. Alternatively, your partner might be upset about what they perceive to be poor communication skills on your part. In such a scenario, it may be possible to salvage the marriage by going to therapy or by creating a postnuptial agreement.

What should you do if you think that your marriage is truly over?

If you think that your marriage is heading toward its finish line, it may be a good idea to start looking for a family law professional. It may also be a good idea to seek out the assistance of a mental health professional who can help you process the emotions that generally accompany a traumatic event such as a divorce. Finally, start gathering bank statements, tax returns and other documents that might be needed to help you obtain a favorable settlement.

Although your spouse has the right to ask for a divorce, you shouldn’t assume that such a request means that your marriage is doomed to failure. However, it is important to take your spouse’s feelings seriously, and it is also important to start taking steps to protect your interests in case your relationship does come to an end.

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