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Valid reasons to seek a divorce

On Behalf of | Nov 15, 2022 | Blog, Family Law

Many people will tell you that divorcing your spouse should always be a last resort. Yet, is it? In some situations, spouses may find themselves in a valid reason for a split. If you find yourself in one of these, consider initiating divorce proceedings in a Massachusetts court without feeling guilty.

Cutting your losses and making your move

Marriage counselors often save many unions by helping spouses see where they have gone wrong. But how bad does a marriage have to get before it leads to divorce? People often hold onto toxic relationships at the far end of the continuum, even when told that splitting up would be justified. The top five situations that justify divorce are:

  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Substance abuse
  • Being incapable of love
  • Excessive passivity

Physical abuse is a no-brainer for many people. Yet, it is difficult for victims to leave their spouses, Close behind is mental abuse. It’s more subtle, so it is often more difficult for victims to realize what is happening. Third on the list is substance abuse, involving either drugs, alcohol or both, which can affect relationships in many different ways.

The other two reasons are harder for spouses to accept because it indicates a failure in choice. Choosing a person who is truly incapable of loving makes people feel like they are failures at life. Spouses who are too passive to make decisions also put excessive demands on a marriage, making it difficult to function.

Prioritize your interests

Victims of abuse and similar marital problems often don’t put themselves first. However, in divorce negotiations, putting oneself first is imperative. Once you have finally made the decision to get out of bad marriage, you should remember who comes first. In divorce negotiations, that means you.

Victims of bad marriages often don’t have a clear view of what life has to offer. If you have felt removed from the realities of life due to your marriage, make sure you get help in understanding your rights and what may be due to you. It’s time you put you and your children first.