Whether you have decades of marriage under your belt or were recently married, your identity has changed to a spouse and one-half of a union. Moving from that to being single can feel like a significant life shift — because that’s exactly what it is.
A divorce is a major life event, and the process could impact your life substantially. As such, it is important to consider what the divorce process looks like, as well as what life after divorce will entail.
Choosing to divorce
Moving forward with a divorce is not an easy choice to make. Whether you filed, your spouse filed or it was a mutual decision, the reality is that the divorce process is impactful. While you might feel like you are not alone because nearly half of all marriages end in divorce, it is in fact an individualized experience.
No two marriages are alike; therefore, no two divorces are alike. Each spouse views and experiences the process individually as property is divided, child custody is established and support is ordered. The results of a divorce order could have a lasting effect on one or both spouses.
Life after divorce
Getting a divorce can be mentally, physically and financially draining. However, once complete, it marks the beginning of a new you. While the pain of the process may last some time, it is important that you must go through a readjustment phase.
Children will need to adapt to a two-home family and divorced spouses will need to process their situation and acclimate to their new home life. Even when you have a handle on your post-divorce life, there may be a need to address legal matters. Whether it is a change in child custody or adjusting support payments, it is important to keep this in mind as you move forward.
No matter the reason for divorce or the complexity of the issues, it is important to gain a full understanding of your situation. This can help you make well-reasoned decisions and ensure your rights and interests are protected.