Sometimes, you just know a marriage is meant to be for the rest of your life. And other times, you get married and almost immediately regret it! If you have been married for only a short time and are pretty certain you now want to pursue a divorce, know that you are not alone. Many people do divorce after less than a year of marriage and go on to live healthy, happy lives post-divorce. Here are some steps you should take if you're considering this option.
Talk to a lawyer about annulment.
If you have only been married a short time, there's a chance that you may be able to pursue an annulment rather than a divorce. What's the difference? Basically, an annulment treats the marriage like it never happened, so you both revert back to your single status as if you were never married in the first place. A divorce is more complicated when it comes to dividing your assets.
Grounds for annulment are pretty strict. One reason for an annulment is when one party only agrees to the marriage because of fraud or a lack of mental capacity. Another reason is if one party was under the influence of drugs or alcohol when the marriage took place. Determining if your situation demands an annulment can be tough, so talk to a family law attorney to learn more.
Was your relationship okay before you got married? If you are not being abused and drugs are not a factor, consider that the first year of marriage can be difficult. You and your spouse may simply need some more time to adapt to living with one another. If you think it's possible that you could reconcile and revive your relationship, consider seeing a therapist. If after a few sessions you are still intent on divorcing, then you can move forward with that decision.
Be honest with your partner.
Some newly married individuals try to hide the fact that they are considering divorce from their spouse, mostly because they are scared or embarrassed by these feelings. But it is best to be honest with your spouse so they are not surprised when you present them with divorce papers. Divorcing after such a short marriage can be simple and smooth, but only if both parties are cooperative and agreeable. The best way to ensure cooperation is to remain honest and open with your spouse.