When thinking about divorce, even if you’re in a difficult or abusive relationship, you may worry about life after the split. What will it be like to be out on your own? Can you make things work financially? Are you ready for this chapter in your life?
These are good questions to ask, and you need to know how to move forward. But it’s also important to note that there are some very positive sides to divorce and ways that it can change your life for the better!
How can a divorce actually improve your life?
Naturally, if your relationship is abusive — emotionally, mentally, physically or financially — then ending it instantly gives you relief from that abuse.
Another important positive of divorce is the amount of free time you gain. You don’t have to follow your ex’s schedule or do what they want. You don’t have to spend all of your time trying in vain to fix your marriage. After a divorce, your time belongs to you again.
Furthermore, when you’re with your kids, your time with them really belongs to you. You actually get to spend it with them, as a parent and a friend. You don’t have to worry about being an adult around your ex and trying to avoid arguments. You can give your kids your full attention and work on developing great relationships with them.
Of course, to make all of this happen, it’s crucial to understand your legal rights to things like spousal support, a property settlement, child custody and child support. Be sure you know where you stand so that your life after divorce can be everything you want it to be.