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Should I Get Marriage Counseling Before My Divorce?

Posted on : April 19, 2021, By:  Erlina Perez

If you are considering getting a divorce, you may be thinking about marriage counseling. Many people believe that it’s a must before a divorce, but it’s truly dependent on each individual couple. You aren’t legally required to get therapy before pursuing a divorce. 

Here’s what you need to know about obtaining marriage counseling before a divorce and where to get experienced legal help in the face of difficult family legal challenges.  

Potential Benefits of Marriage Counseling 

There are numerous potential benefits to obtaining marital counseling with your spouse, including: 

  • Finding out whether or not divorce is right for you
  • Ameliorating problems and repairing your marriage, if that’s what you desire  
  • Identifying issues in the relationship that could amount to a contentious divorce 

Caveats of Marriage Counseling 

Although marital counseling may be beneficial for some couples, it’s not necessarily the best default move for everyone considering a divorce. Some possible disadvantages of marriage counseling may include: 

  • Giving your spouse the opportunity to emotionally manipulate you 
  • Giving your spouse information they could later use against you 
  • Adding cost onto your divorce 

How to Decide If Marriage Counseling Is Right for You 

You may not know yet whether or not you want to pursue marriage counseling. That’s perfectly normal and arguably even expected. Remember that you can always change your mind and start or stop couples therapy if you and/or your spouse decide to. You have the ability to go at your own pace and take the time you need to think critically through various possible scenarios and their potential outcomes. 

Consider if you feel the marriage is worth saving or if you are ready to move on. Give some thought to what you want for the future for yourself and your children, if you have them. Discuss with a family lawyer what your options are and use this information to make an informed choice. 

Contact an New Jersey Divorce Lawyer Now to Get Support 

If you’re thinking about divorcing your spouse, it’s important that you obtain legal help as soon as possible, ideally even before you break the news to your spouse. An attorney will advise you on what would and wouldn’t be most practical for your situation. 

Contact Erlina Perez today to book your initial consultation at (201) 880-7070. Attorney Perez has the experience and skill you need to zealously and compassionately represent you during this difficult stage of your life.