Most married couples experience periodic times when some of the spark seems to have fizzled from their marriage. Maybe you are experiencing money problems that cause you to fight constantly, or maybe you have constant disagreements about how to raise your children. While these and other types of issues are common after having been married for multiple years, the following are signs to be aware of that indicate filing for a divorce may be in your best interests.
1. Your spouse committed adultery.
Being unfaithful is not always a marital deal breaker. Even if your spouse insists it will never happen again and you want to forgive them, it is important to consider the legal ramifications. Under South Carolina laws, adultery is grounds for a divorce. Knowing your spouse had an affair but continuing to live with them is considered condonation. This means that if you do eventually decide to breakup, you will not be able to use it as part of your divorce case.
2. You have concerns over missing property or assets.
Unfortunately, in anticipation of a divorce or in support of a habit, such as gambling or drug addiction, a spouse may begin selling or giving away marital property and siphoning funds from joint accounts. This is known as dissipation. Keep an inventory of your assets and if you notice it occurring, contact our Aiken divorce attorney immediately to find out about getting a restraining order.
3. You are ready to begin dating.
For some couples, a marital separation becomes comfortable and neither is eager to begin initiating divorce paperwork. While this arrangement may work if you have religious or cultural convictions that prohibit divorce, it can also hold you back from moving on with your life. Particularly if you find yourself wanting to reenter the dating field, consider it as a sign that it is time to file for divorce.
4. You are ready to buy property or invest on your own.
Part of filing for divorce involves the equitable division of marital property, which is any type of real estate, personal property, or assets acquired, earned, or otherwise accumulated during your marriage. If you are considering buying property in your own name or investing money into accounts, consider the fact that even if your partner cannot lay claim to it in divorce proceedings. they would still have legal rights to inherit it, as long as they remain as your spouse.
5. There have been incidents of domestic abuse or threats.
This is an absolute deal breaker. If there are any threats, intimidation tactics, or acts of violence going on, it is time to get help and get out of your marriage. According to the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SCCADVASA), our state leads the nation in the number of murders attributed to a spouse or family members. Contact law enforcement and our attorneys to see how we can help.
Contact Us Today For Help
To take the first steps in discussing your situation and the issues involved in your case, reach out and contact the Surasky Law Firm, LLC. Request a consultation with our Aiken, SC divorce attorneys today.