You have been considering getting a divorce from your spouse, but you’re not sure if it’s the right option. In this situation, it’s truly best for you not to do anything yet. When you speak with your spouse about divorce, it may break all levels of trust that you’ve built over time. It can be hurtful and may even result in the end of your relationship when you aren’t sure that’s what you want.

Before you decide to divorce, it’s important to ask yourself a few questions. These are as follows:

1. Have you tried to repair what you believe is broken in your marriage?

The first question to answer is whether you believe you’ve taken the time to focus on your marriage and to try to fix what you believe is wrong with it or not. If you have not tried marital counseling, speaking with your spouse about your complaints or taken steps to manage disputes, a divorce might not yet be the right choice.

2. Are you financially prepared for divorce?

The next question you should ask is if you’re financially prepared to divorce. Divorces aren’t inexpensive, and they can affect your budget. There are attorney’s fees, court fees and budgeting concerns to keep in mind. After all, you are likely to lose a second income (if you both worked) and may have fewer assets following a divorce.

3. Are you prepared for the fallout?

Finally, think about the fallout of a divorce. You’re likely to lose friends and family. Are you prepared for that to happen? Are you ready to give up the current life you’re living?

Once you ask yourself these questions, you’ll have a better idea of if divorce is the right choice for you.