Why drag feet on divorce after separation
September 23, 2008 2:18 PM Subscribe
Why might people wait so long to get divorced, when at least one party definitely wants it.
posted by Penelope to Human Relations (28 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I read that the average time between separation and filing for divorce is 2.8 years. Why might this be? It's idle curiosity on my part, have a friend who is separated but I don't want to ask him, am just curious. Reasons I can think of:
1. Both parties have hopes for reconciliation.
2. They feel it's just a piece of paper, and not important.
3. They are too busy with work, etc to file.
4. The party with money is trying to negotiate lesser payments to future ex-spouse.
5. One party refuses to sign (though from my understanding, this is moot, it only takes one party to file)
6. They think "separation" is less painful to the kids than "divorce" (Ok, i am reaching with this one, I personally think that one would be dumb)
Any other possible reasons I'm missing? I already know you have to be separated a year first, that one is accounted for. : )