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Understanding the emotional stages of divorce

| Mar 19, 2021 | Firm News

If your relationship is currently going through struggles, it is likely that you have considered the possibility of divorce. Divorce is a huge commitment because once you have filed, it’s not easy to change your mind, just like in marriage. Therefore, many couples spend months or even years deciding whether divorce is the right solution to their problems.

However, in some cases, the route from a seemingly happy marriage to a divorce can be much quicker. For example, if a spouse is caught cheating, divorce can happen very quickly. If you are struggling to cope with the fact that your marriage is ending, even if you know that it is for the best, the following are some tips for dealing with the emotional stages of divorce.


Many people go through a stage of denial that there is anything wrong with their marriage. For example, you and your spouse may frequently argue, never show affection, and never care for each other. However, you may justify this by trying to believe that all relationships are like this because you do not want to accept that divorce is on the horizon.


When you finally realize the reality of what is happening, you will feel in a state of shock. You may be tearful, angry, heartbroken and feel low.

Letting go

As you start to let go, you will remember both the good things and the bad. This can lead you to experience contrasting emotions. You may feel regret for the past mistakes you have made but hopeful for a better future.


It’s important to remember that while divorce is difficult, you will eventually come to a place of acceptance. This means that you will see the situation for what it really is, and you’ll be able to move on.

If you are struggling in your marriage, you should start to learn more about divorce even if you are not yet committed. This way, you’ll be prepared in any given situation.

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