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Divorcing a spouse who doesn’t want it in South Carolina

On Behalf of | Sep 20, 2021 | Divorce

So you’re in a marriage that you don’t want to be in anymore, but you can’t seem to find the right opportunity to get your spouse on board. You are not alone. As a resident of South Carolina, here’s what you need do.

Be clear about your decision

The first thing you need to do is make yourself clear about your decision to divorce. Let your spouse know you are firmly committed to this decision and you will not be changing your mind. Make sure that you have discussed all the reasons you want to divorce as well as the plan for how you will proceed with it. This is important because you want to make sure that you are on the same page with your spouse about ending the marriage.

Give them time

If your spouse doesn’t want a divorce, consider giving it time. Remember that you’ve had a lot of time to think and deal with the idea of divorce. Your spouse may not be open to the idea because the information came as a shock. It’s wise to give them time to adjust to the idea of a divorce and to prepare for it emotionally.

Follow the right legal procedure

Your spouse may still refuse to accept the divorce. At this point, you may follow the necessary steps if you decide to file a petition. The first step usually involves determining the grounds for divorce. You need to provide a reason for ending your marriage in your petition. After filing your petition, the next step involves giving notice to your spouse by serving them the divorce petition papers. If you do that, wait for them to reply within the duration the court gives them.

It’s not easy to divorce a spouse who does not feel the same way. It’s even harder when you have been with them for many years and probably even have children together. But it is possible to get through this process.