Benefits of Being the One Filing for Divorce

If you plan on filing for divorce, there are many benefits of being the one who takes the first step. Divorce is never easy, no matter who files for it. It's going to be a time of turbulence and emotional stress. You're saying goodbye to one life and hello to another. As cliché as it all sounds, it's plain tough to go through a divorce.

Complaint
Initial complaints made against a spouse are taken a tiny bit more seriously if you file first. When allegations are made when a divorce has been filed, there is a question if the allegations are true or merely an attempt at revenge.

This benefit doesn't hold out for long, though, as a simple investigation can usually uncover the truth. But it does make it more likely you will be the first to speak and air your grievances at the hearing.

Control
There is often a play for control during a divorce. By being the first one to file, you are initially asserting yourself in control of the situation. You are showing your ability to make an independent choice and the will to follow it through. This sense of control can be useful as a strategic tool during the divorce.

County
By being the first one to file for a divorce, you may get to determine what area the divorce proceedings will be held in. This usually means you get to pick the county the divorce occurs in. If you and your spouse live in different areas, this choice is a huge benefit. They'll end up having to do all the traveling while you'll only need to drive a few minutes to the local courthouse.

Emotion
A big benefit to being the one filing for divorce is that you are more likely to be emotionally ready - or at least prepared - for the coming storm. You know that you want the marriage to end and are ready to deal with the inevitabilities involved with this decision. 

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