Life after divorce

We’ve previously discussed the many changes and challenges that frequently accompany the divorce process. Whether an individual wants to admit it or not, divorce impacts every facet of one’s life and it can be difficult to cope with and adapt to changes in living arrangements, personal finances and parenting schedules.

While all of these changes can be disorienting and even scary, they can also afford an individual the space and time needed to think about one’s future. From a spouse’s departure from a previously-shared home to a child spending weekends at an ex’s home, for many divorcees time to oneself is a new luxury.

Much like the death of a loved one or diagnosis of a major illness forces individuals to examine and re-evaluate their priorities, so too does divorce. Many divorcees emerge from the process stronger and more focused than ever.

No longer burdened by incessant thoughts of one’s unhappy marriage, divorce often presents new life and career opportunities. For some, divorce provides the impetus to finally ask for a long-overdue promotion or embark on a new career path. In the wake of a divorce, taking charge of one’s life can signal tremendous growth and success.

Whatever one’s family, personal or career aspirations; divorcees would be wise to work hard to both acknowledge and break free of old patterns and negative ways of thinking. Doing so is incredibly liberating and allows one to let go of past failures and regrets and work to harness the power that comes with newfound independence.

Source: Harvard Business Review, “Divorce Doesn’t Have to Derail Your Career,” Alicia Bassuk, Jodi Glickman, April 15, 2015

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