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How will you ask your spouse for a divorce?

After many years of trying to make your marriage work, you've finally come to the conclusion that divorce is the only way out.

Although you may be interested in this, it's hard to say exactly how your spouse feels. This is why asking your spouse for a divorce can be one of the most difficult things you ever do.

If you find yourself in this position, here are a few tips to follow:

-- Be prepared. This means knowing what you're going to say, knowing what your spouse may say, and how to move the conversation forward from start to finish.

-- Choose the right time and place. As tempted as you may be to blurt out your intentions, you need to carefully plan this conversation. You should choose a time and place that makes sense for both parties.

-- Be firm. There is a good chance that your spouse may try to change your mind. If you're 100 percent sure that you want to move forward with divorce, now's the time to stand your ground.

-- Remain safe. If you have any concerns about your safety, make sure you ask your spouse for divorce in a public place or over the phone. This may not be preferred, but your safety always comes first.

Once you make your way through this conversation, you can learn more about the divorce process in California. Pay close attention to the steps you need to take, the decisions you need to make, and how long it typically takes for the process to reach completion.

Source: The Huffington Post, "The Best Way to Ask Your Spouse for a Divorce," accessed Dec. 15, 2016

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