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Only one person needs to want a divorce

To get married, two people have to work together and agree that they want to enter into that union. This is more than just a romantic gesture. Marriage is a legally binding contract between two individuals who previously owed nothing to one another. It must be very clear that they are both signing off on this contract.

This fact has spawned a common divorce myth, which is that two people also have to agree to get divorced. If two people are needed to create that contract, won't it take two people to break it? That's what a lot of couples believe, but it is just a divorce myth.

The truth is that only one person needs to want a divorce. They can file for it on their own, no matter what their spouse wants and desires. Their spouse cannot demand that they stay married. They cannot override the divorce filing or refuse to agree to it.

Say your spouse just tries to ignore it, assuming that you'll have to drop the case eventually. Even that doesn't end it. You can go to court and have them rule in your favor, ending your marriage, even when your spouse refuses to acknowledge what is happening.

In short, you have the freedom to leave your marriage at any time. It's easiest when couples work together, but it is not legally necessary. You can never get trapped in a marriage just because your spouse doesn't want you to leave. Just make sure you know what legal steps you need to take to move forward with your life.

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