Maybe you’ve been thinking about asking your spouse for a divorce for a few years. Or maybe you just started considered it. Regardless, the divorce process begins when you first share your thoughts with your spouse.

Telling your spouse that you want a divorce is easier said than done. Even if you’re at odds with one another, it’s never easy to share your feelings and confront your emotions head on.

Here are some tips to follow if the time has come to ask your spouse for a divorce:

  • Plan the conversation in your mind: You never know what will happen when you actually bring your feelings to light, but you can at least create a basic plan. This allows you to more efficiently move through the conversation.
  • Keep your emotions in check: Do your best to remain calm, regardless of what turn the conversation takes. When your emotions get the best of you, such as letting anger overcome your body, it’ll only complicate the conversation.
  • Don’t turn back now: Your spouse may ask you to reconsider, which could have you thinking you’ve made the wrong decision. If you’ve thought it out and know that divorce is the right answer, don’t give in. Stick with your plan.

In many cases, simply asking your spouse for a divorce is just as difficult as the process itself.

Fortunately, once you share your feelings and you begin to move through your divorce, it’s easier to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Just make sure you have a plan to protect your legal rights from start to finish.