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What do you do if your spouse wants a divorce when you don't?

Divorces can be difficult to live with. You may have devoted your entire life to your spouse and be shocked that they want to leave. It's hard to imagine your life without them and to handle the stress of your divorce.

Still, if that's what someone wants, there is no great way to stop them. If a divorce is imminent, you'll need to start making plans to take care of yourself, such as talking to your attorney about the budgeting you have in place and if you will need spousal support or other considerations.

If your spouse wants a divorce but you don't, is a divorce still the right answer?

Every person's situation is different. Some may find that a divorce is a good way to move apart and move on with life. Others may find that bringing up the topic of divorce can spur real discussions that can resolve issues and actually keep a marriage together.

If your spouse approaches you with a divorce but you want to remain married, consider asking about marriage counseling. If they are sure they want to divorce, then it's best if you agree to it and try to negotiate to resolve the situation fairly. Refusing will draw out the divorce, but it won't put a stop to it.

If you are struggling because your spouse has sought a divorce, it's okay to reach out for support. You should look into your legal rights as well as into the therapies and supports that are available for people in your type of situation in Louisiana.

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