Nobody can deny that gay marriage has transformed the way we live. Now, when we find a partner that we want to settle down with, we can ask for their hand in marriage and enjoy a long, happy and stable life just like any other couple. But just like any other couple, not every marriage has a happy ever after ending – divorce, unfortunately, could be a real possibility.
If you think you have hit the end of the road with your partner and want to file for divorce, then there is lots that you need to take into consideration.
Below, we’ve put together some of the things that you should do if you and your partner are considering a gay divorce…
Consider marriage counselling
Before you call it a day and decide to go your separate ways, it may be worth speaking with a marriage counselor, who can guide you through challenges in your relationship and help you overcome them.
Of course, in circumstances such as infidelity, the chances are that you won’t want anything to do with your partner, but if you have simply ‘fallen out of love’ or you are arguing about things that really aren’t important, speaking with an impartial expert could help you to see things in a different light, and come to realize you want to remain married.
Take some time apart
Something else that you could consider if you’re considering a divorce is spending some time away from your partner. Whether you’re stressed with work, you’ve been going through a rough patch or you’re simply sick of the sight of one another, a week or two’s absence may be all you need to reignite the passion and get back to being a loving, happy gay couple.
Accept that the relationship is over
If you cannot get over your differences and find a way forward, the sad reality is that you may have to accept that the relationship is over. Sit down, discuss all of your options, and make a decision as a couple to end the relationship and get started on your gay divorce.
If one side is adamant that you’re going to remain together but the other wants to separate, then exercise caution, be clear on your feelings, and try not to lead your partner on. It is best to be open, upfront and honest if you want to remain friends or at least on speaking terms.
Tell your loved ones
Once you have made the decision to divorce, let your friends and family know the bad news. It may seem too soon or that you want to keep it private, but speaking with your loved ones is a great way to get some much-needed support when you need it most.
Don’t bottle it all in: let everyone know, and you can then move forward and grieve the end of your relationship.
Start divorce proceedings
Finally, start divorce proceedings once you have separated. Find a divorce attorney in your local city that offers gay divorce, and work together to make the proceedings as painless and as straightforward as possible.
It makes sense to work together outside of the lawyer’s office to discuss exactly how you want the divorce to work – if you can agree on who gets what, you will be able to enter a meeting with a clear head, an understanding of each others’ needs, and without letting your emotion get in the way.
There’s no denying that a gay divorce will be mentally and emotionally draining, but with a strong support network and a positive mental attitude, you’ll be able to get through it and enjoy life on the other side.
Whatever situation you’re in, we wish you the very best of luck.