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Will divorce make you happier?

On Behalf of | Feb 2, 2023 | Divorce |

If you are considering divorce, it is likely because you are unhappy in your marriage. You may imagine that divorce will solve your problems.

The truth is more complex. According to Psychology Today, divorce is a difficult, painful process. It does not solve your problems all at once. Nevertheless, getting out of a bad relationship may improve your life with time and effort on your part.

Divorce does not solve mental health issues

If you have underlying mental health issues, such as low self-esteem or depression, divorce does not make those better. However, with time and help from a mental health professional, these conditions may improve.

If your spouse has an issue related to mental health, such as addiction, that is destructive to the relationship, divorce allows you to cut ties and create a space in which you can heal.

Divorce may allow you to explore other options

Many people, especially those who do not seek the divorce, describe it in terms of loss. Nevertheless, there are also things you may gain from your divorce.

You may gain independence from a spouse who was co-dependent or demanding. You may be able to explore interests that you never had time for before, which could lead to a new career or hobby. You may be able to reinvent yourself and become the person you have always wanted to be.

Divorce does not automatically fix your problems or make you happier. Even so, it may lead to future happiness if you put in the effort to pursue it.