After struggling with this decision for a very long time, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s time to end my marriage. There are many reasons for my decision, but simply put, we’ve grown apart. That said, I’m just starting to explore the process of separation/divorce and would appreciate any information you can provide.
• What happens when only one party wants the divorce and the other refuses to consent to separation? If one person wants out but the other is content to stay in the marriage, can the process still move forward?
• What constitutes abandonment? I’m anxious to separate to avoid frequent arguments, but if my spouse does not agree to end cohabitation, could this open the door for allegations of abandonment? If so, is there anything I can do to protect myself from such allegations?
• How is the responsibility for alimony and/or support payments determined? My spouse is unemployed, but may soon qualify for social security. My modest salary is currently our only source of income and our savings is almost non-existent. Regardless of who stays in the house and who relocates, a major concern for us both will be financial management of separate households. Since I’m employed, does that mean this burden will fall primarily on my shoulders?
Thanks for your time!