It is not always easy to know if you should end your marriage in Washington. This is not a decision anyone should make lightly. If you are unsure, it is well worth it to take the time to ask yourself some questions that may help you understand your feelings and to get to the bottom of things so you know what the right move is at this time. 

The New York Times explains you should ask questions that get you information about your relationship and where you and your partner stand. You can ask yourself questions, but you should also bring your partner into the conversation. Being able to talk openly and honestly may be the thing that saves your marriage. If not, it could help make divorce easier. 

Would you be happier single? 

Be honest with yourself and think about how you feel now and how you would feel if you were not in a marriage. Do you think your relationship is making you unhappy? Does it hold you back from doing things you want to do? Do you feel resentment about the relationship? If you feel like you would be much happier if you were single, then maybe it is best if you make it happen. Find out your partner’s views on this as well. While it may be hard to hear he or she would be happier without you, it is good to get the truth. 

How can you split and minimize the disruption to the children? 

If you have children, you need to find a way to make a divorce as easy on them as possible. Can you separate your lives and still maintain good relationships with your children? Will you be able to co-parent effectively? This question is something you have to discuss with your spouse. It is not always good to stay together only for the children. However, you may discover that once you begin talking about how it will affect your children if you divorce that you have more willingness to work on whatever problems you have in your marriage so that you can stay together. 

What do you fear most about divorce? 

Many couples put off divorce due to fears they associate with the process. Perhaps you are afraid of being alone, or you worry about finances. Once you discuss your worries, you may bring to light issues that show you are more fearful of losing your partner than you thought. It can also help to settle doubts that allow you to take the next step and file for divorce. 

Asking yourself and your partner questions about divorce can help you decide if it is time. You may find a question that enables you to talk through issues and brings to light something wrong in your marriage that you can correct. On the other hand, you may realize that a divorce may be the answer after all.