There's likely nothing you can do to stop a divorce

In some cases, people in Arizona go looking for legal help because a spouse recently said that he or she wanted a divorce. These people don't want to split up, and they're looking into their legal options to put a stop to it. The grim reality, though, is that there is nothing you can do, legally speaking, to keep from getting divorced.

What you have to remember is that the court isn't interested in what you want, at least not in this regard. There's no way you can force your partner to care about you, and the court isn't going to rule that you have to stay together.

This doesn't mean there's nothing you can do to save your marriage. You can go to counseling. You can take a break and see if it helps you mend some wounds from being together. You can sit down and talk about what is best for the kids. If you want to save the relationship, you should definitely look into all of this.

For some of these things, the court will be involved. For example, the court also wants to figure out what is best for your children. However, it will do it in the context of a divorce, giving you and your spouse custody or visitation rights. It would never stop the divorce because of children or any other factor.

In essence, your spouse can get a divorce if that's what he or she wants. You simply need to learn how to let go. What is often best in this situation, outside of counseling and other such options, is to focus on the things that are important in the divorce, such as child custody rights, property division, child support payments, and more.

Source: Karen Covy, "Help! I Don’t Want to Get Divorced but My Spouse Does!," Karen Covy, accessed July 07, 2016

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