It can be overwhelming when divorce comes as a surprise or if you are caught flat-footed. You may not know where to start or what you need to do to protect your interests.
Fortunately, you do not have to wait until you are served with divorce papers. Several signs could portend that the best days of your marriage are behind you. Here are some things to look out for and what you ought to do when you notice that the end is inevitable.
1. There’s a communication breakdown.
Your spouse may talk less than usual, and when they do, the interactions are rarely positive. Arguments may be commonplace, and your spouse may start distancing themselves physically and emotionally.
2. You’re living separate lives.
The lack of communication may create a wedge between the spouses. Suddenly. It is two strangers living under one roof. You may no longer do anything together, from dinner dates to intimacy. You may no longer be aware of what is going on in your spouse’s life regarding their job, health or social activities.
3. Others have noticed that you’re unhappy.
You may not be the first to notice if something is wrong with your marriage. Therefore, when your close friends or family tell you something is amiss, you should not ignore them. Too often, spouses overlook some noticeable red flags or are too forgiving for their own good.
4. You see unusual financial transactions.
Financial infidelity may indicate that your spouse is looking to end the marriage. You may start to notice suspicious transactions by your spouse, such as unusual property transfers or large transactions without valid explanations.
What should you do about it?
If you notice these and other signs that indicate your marriage is coming to an end, it helps to prepare and anticipate. Gather relevant information, especially around financial matters, and plan for a new lease of life post-divorce. Do not move out of the family home just yet. It may be too early to take such drastic action.
Most importantly, reach out for legal representation. Divorce can be an emotionally draining and legally complex process, which is why it is advisable to have proper guidance. It will help you make the right decisions and protect your interests at every point.