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To divorce or not to divorce: What divorce can't do for you

While a divorce can help you end a marriage that is not working and get you on the path to a life on your own, there are many things a divorce cannot do for you. Usually, when you decide you want a divorce, you've already focused on the numerous reasons why it's a good idea. However, it's good to take a second to think about the reasons you may not want to choose a divorce.

First, a divorce can't guarantee that you'll get everything you want out of your assets. In fact, there is no guarantee at all that your assets will be split 50/50 or even equitably. No two marriages are alike, so if you and your spouse can't agree on a separation agreement that is fair to both of you, a judge will need to listen to both sides' arguments and determine a fair split of your assets.

Another thing to remember is that a divorce can't make an already tense situation more relaxed. It's not possible to guarantee that you'll be able to be civil with your spouse or vice versa. That court cannot guarantee it, either. Even though a court may order you or your spouse to treat each other fairly around your children, for example, the court isn't there to back up that order.

Divorces also can't help you maintain your current standard of living. While you may be entitled to alimony, there is no guarantee that it will be enough to support your current living arrangements. Your attorney can help you understand if you're entitled to alimony and what it means if you are. Our website has more on divorce and what you may want to consider before filing.

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