As you consider the pros and cons of divorce, you may spend a lot of time thinking about how to discuss your feelings with your spouse. Since this is a difficult conversation, many people stay in a bad marriage as opposed to bringing their true feelings to light.

The way you ask for a divorce can set you up for success as the process unwinds. Here are five tips you should follow:

  • Prepare accordingly: You don’t ask for a divorce on a whim. This conversation will impact your life in many ways, so you need to prepare for everything. Once you decide to talk about divorce, your relationship with the other party will never be the same.
  • Choose the right place: If your true feelings are eating at you, you may be tempted to ask for a divorce the first chance you get. This can lead to having the conversation in the wrong place, at the wrong time.
  • Remain firm during the conversation: It’s not out of the question for your spouse to explain him- or herself in an attempt to save your marriage. If you’ve already considered your options and understand that divorce is the best way to proceed, you must remain firm. You don’t have to be mean, but make it clear that you’ve made up your mind.
  • Be ready for any reaction: Your spouse may become so upset that they run out of the room crying. Or maybe your spouse becomes so angry that they get physical with you. Preparing for all reactions allows you to properly deal with every possible situation.
  • Don’t get into the details: It’s natural to turn your attention to the future once you ask for a divorce. However, you don’t want to discuss details like child custody and property division during this conversation. Your emotions are running high, so getting into the details is likely to result in an argument.

It’s difficult to ask for a divorce, but if you do so in the appropriate manner, you can put the conversation in the past with the idea of finally leading a better life in the future.

After you and your spouse are on the same page, learn more about the divorce process, your legal rights and the steps you can take to push things forward in a time-efficient manner.