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What are the emotional stages of a divorce?

The emotional stages of divorce usually begin long before one person actually files for divorce. Tensions and distance may have been accumulating in your marriage for many months or years, and when these are not successfully resolved, divorce can result.

If you are struggling emotionally as a result of your impending divorce, it is a good idea to understand the various emotional stages that you will likely go through. By seeing that each stage is temporary and that you will eventually come out of the other side, you may feel more empowered to persevere.

Disillusionment

Disillusionment in the marriage may occur for one or both parties at some point, They may feel that they no longer love the other person or that they do not feel satisfied in the situation they are in.

Expression

At some point, a conversation will need to be had about this disillusionment. This can either make or break the marriage.

Decision

A decision to divorce will be difficult, and with it, a wide variety of emotions, from grief and anger to relief and joy can be experienced.

Acceptance

After processing these tumultuous emotions, both parties will eventually move to a place of acceptance, and they’ll feel that they can put the past behind them and move forward.

A fresh start

There is always light at the end of the tunnel. After the divorce has been finalized, it’s likely that you will feel a huge sense of relief. You’ll have endless possibilities, and you can move forward with optimism and joy.

If you are struggling emotionally while going through a divorce, you should make sure to seek professional help. Gaining more control over the legal process of divorce could also make you feel better about the situation.

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