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Should you file for divorce if marriage counseling fails?

On Behalf of | Feb 22, 2024 | Family Law |

Marriage is not always a bed of roses, and it’s common for couples to face challenges and rough patches along the way. When issues arise that seem insurmountable, seeking professional help through marriage counseling can be a valuable step toward dispute resolution.

However, marriage counseling may not always result in desired effects. When marriage counseling fails, it can leave couples feeling even more disheartened and uncertain about the future of their relationship. Rather than rush to divorce, couples can do the following.

Try further therapy and counseling

Continuing with therapy and counseling may be beneficial even if initial attempts don’t yield the desired results. A couple may decide on a different approach to therapy, such as individual therapy for each partner or trying a different therapist who specializes in a different approach or technique. Sometimes, it takes time to find the right therapist or therapy style that resonates with both partners and helps them make progress.

Consider amending the marriage via separation

If a couple feels they can benefit from some time apart to reflect on their relationship and individual needs, they may choose to explore a temporary separation rather than immediately pursuing divorce. During this time, they can work on themselves, gain clarity about their feelings and assess whether they still want to salvage the marriage. However, it’s essential to establish clear boundaries and communication guidelines during the separation period to ensure that it serves its intended purpose and doesn’t further strain the relationship.

If all else fails, a couple may be forced to consider divorce. Divorce is a significant life-changing decision that can have long-lasting effects on both individuals involved, as well as any children or other family members. Seeking legal guidance can be helpful to determine the best course of action and ensure that both parties’ rights and interests are protected throughout a legal separation or divorce process.