Making the final decision to divorce is difficult for any couple. If your marriage is on the rocks, you may be tempted to indulge a legal separation before you finalize a divorce. Understandably, taking time and space to work through relationship issues or engage in couples' counseling may be a better first option. However, when divorce is inevitable, it is best to be prepared.
Last week David Arquette finally filed for divorce after a two-year separation with Courtney Cox. Two years ago, David Arquette and Courtney Cox made a joint statement that, "the reason for the separation is to better understand ourselves and the qualities we need in a partner and for our marriage." Evidently, time did not heal the wounds.
The divorce announcement was made public 13 years to the day of their marriage. According to court reports, Mr. Arquette is also seeking joint custody of their daughter. No doubt, the couple has accumulated significant assets and property that may be difficult to divide.
When facing divorce, it is always important to consider the consequences of delaying legal action. While a legal separation may give you time and space to consider your options, it could also complicate issues involving accumulation of debt, custody, property and support. Remember that any debt accumulated during the marriage and separation is still martial and could create future disputes. Understand the consequences of putting off divorce and be prepared to take legal action to protect your rights and interests.
The divorce seems, even by Hollywood standards, amicable, however neither party anticipated that the relationship would end in divorce. In fact, Cox once told a reporter that, "divorce wasn't really an option." According to reports, Arquette and Cox have remained friends since the separation and even co-produce the hit television show, "Cougar Town."
When facing divorce, have the support and counsel you need to protect your rights. Be honest with yourself and about the relationship. Also, remember that delaying the inevitable may cause future complications.
Source: Huffington Post, "David Arquette Divorce: Courtney Cox And Arquette Split For Good," June 12, 2012.