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To stay or not to stay in a marriage

Most New Jersey couples don't walk down the aisle with the idea that their marriages will later end in divorce. It is understandable that deciding to divorce often involves people spending time thinking about the reasons for and against it. There are reasons why people might want to stay together, and there are also reasons why ending a marriage may be the best option in certain cases.

Some people decide to stay together because neither spouse can afford to live on his or her own. In other cases, people remember that they once felt deeply about their spouses and realize that they could rekindle those feelings. Many parents decide to work out their differences for the benefit of their children, which can be beneficial if they can truly get along.

Reasons people should consider getting divorced include such things as domestic violence, which is a pattern that repeats itself and often gets worse. People should not remain in situations in which they and their children are in danger from the other spouses. Similarly, if a spouse has a major problem with drugs or alcohol and is simply unwilling to get help, a divorce may be in order. For some people, infidelity is also a reason to divorce, especially for those who are unable to forgive their spouses.

Couples who have irreconcilable differences may be better off by proceeding with their divorces. Sometimes, ending a marriage is necessary in order for both parties to be able to move on with their respective lives in healthier ways. When this is the case, each person should have separate legal representation when attempting to negotiate a settlement agreement.

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