Logically, anyone going through a divorce can recognize that it’s a big life change. But the long term implications of finalizing a divorce may take some time to sink in. Whether you have been married for five years or fifty, there can be unexpected effects of divorce that impact parts of your life. Here is what to expect after getting divorced.
Knowledge is Power
When it comes to unexpected long term effects of divorce, there are a few categories they tend to fall into. If you ask any divorcee what to expect from the end of a marriage they’ll tell you about the emotional toll. You don’t have to be married to understand that breakups are difficult and can produce some intense emotions. You may feel anything from depression to relief and any emotional response is perfectly valid. If you’re struggling to navigate these sudden feelings don’t hesitate to confide in a trusted friend or a professional.
Breakups of all kinds often come with a social impact as well, which is exacerbated by marriage. Your mutual family and friends will likely proclaim allegiance to one party or the other and you may lose social connections along with your spouse.
In addition to splitting friends, you and your spouse will have to negotiate splitting up your assets. Divorce can produce a multitude of financial issues, including whether or not one spouse is entitled to a portion of the other’s pension, 401k, and savings. Furthermore, the process of seeking and finalizing a divorce can take a financial toll on both parties.
Perhaps the most unexpected effect of divorce is the impact it can have on your health. The stress and unhappiness brought on by the end of a marriage can lead to health issues such as heart disease and gastrointestinal problems. Taking care to eat and sleep well can help stave off negative health effects.
Preparing for the Future
The potential impact on your life that a divorce promises may make some people want to call off the separation altogether. But if you make an intentional effort to take care of yourself emotionally and physically, you will be able to weather the change without negative impact on your long term health. Preparing for divorce can help soften the financial and social impact as well, allowing you to create a support system in advance of the event.
There is no shame in getting divorced if the time is right and preparing for life after divorce emotionally, socially, and financially, will help you feel better about the end of your marriage. Not sure what the first step on your journey will be? Contact Buncher Family Law today to learn about your options and how a clear legal strategy benefits each individual’s specific issues.