The simple answer is “no.” If you do not want a divorce, but your spouse does, in most instances, as long as your spouse proves that the marriage is irretrievably broken, you cannot prevent the divorce. The court will not force your spouse to remain married to you. In some instances, though, if you object to the divorce, the court may order that you and your spouse attend marriage counseling before the judge will enter an order granting the divorce. However, if the marriage counseling is unsuccessful, and you and your spouse do not voluntarily reconcile, the court will enter your divorce, if it determines the marriage is irretrievably broken.
If you are faced with an unwanted divorce, encourage your spouse to work through the issues, because there is no such thing as “not giving someone a divorce.”
Regardless of whether you are looking to get divorced or are responding to a divorce action, divorce is a very difficult process, both emotionally and mentally. It is important to prepare yourself as best you can. Friends, family, coworkers, church members, support groups, and even your attorney can all be sources of support and comfort to you during this process. Most family law attorneys are experienced in dealing with the emotional issues clients face as they move through the process, but generally we are not licensed therapists. Many people can benefit from the help of a trained mental health professional to help them work through the emotions that most everyone experiences in the process.
At Nicole L. Goetz, P.L. we have the knowledge and experience to guide you through the divorce process from start to finish, including litigation and appeals, if necessary. If you have questions, would like to receive more information, or need an attorney to assist you during this difficult and often complicated process, please call our office in Naples, Florida at 239-325-5030 to schedule a confidential consultation with our attorneys.
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