Kevin and Laurie have been married for 15 years. They have a 6 year old
daughter with behavioral problems.
Kevin is a financial planner, and Laurie works part-time as a computer
For the past 2 years, Kevin has been concerned that his wife has been in
denial about their daughter’s mental health issues, and Laurie is
not willing to consider treatment.
Kevin has repeatedly asked his wife to take their daughter to see different
psychologists, and to try different behavioral treatments. He has begged
his wife to pay more attention to their daughter’s emotional and
He decided during the recent pandemic, while being quarantined with his
family, that he had to make some really hard decisions in order to save
After much deliberation, Kevin decided to get a divorce, and to be in a
stronger position to help his daughter. The problem? He was having a really
difficult time telling his wife he wanted a divorce while in quarantine
with her, and he decided to call me to get some advice.
These days, this type of phone call for me is unfortunately the norm. With
many unhappy couples spending so much time together, in what is now a
pressure cooker, couples are reaching out for help in record numbers for help.
The most asked question I receive is “How do I talk to my spouse
about divorce? I can’t do this anymore, but I’m afraid to
bring divorce up while we’re home together all the time. What can
Here are a few suggestions I make to those seeking help that seems to work:
- Suggest therapy to your spouse and bring up your dissatisfaction with the
relationship while working with the therapist. This can be accomplished
these days during Zoom or Skype sessions.
- Tell your spouse that now that you are spending so much time together,
you realize there are some serious issues that need to be addressed.
- Tell your partner that you seem to be on different paths, and suggest that
you spend some time separately with your children. Stay with a friend
for a few days but call your children.
- Tell your spouse you think your relationship has been deteriorating, and
ask his/her opinion.
- Discuss divorce in the context of mediation which will permit the family
to work with a third party who will facilitate healthy, non-adversarial
discussions in a compassionate, non-threatening environment by Zoom or Skype.
No matter what answer or reaction you get, it is important to try to avoid
an argument. I know this is difficult.
It is important to try to just listen and acknowledge that you hear your
spouse. Don't push the discussion into details, and don’t start
bringing up issues from the past. This takes a lot of finesse and self-control.
As a highly experienced, psychologically-trained divorce attorney and mediator
with over 35 years of experience, I can guide you on several ways to approach
the subject of divorce with your spouse. Don’t hesitate to call me.
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