Not all marriages last for life. When a marriage breaks down, people may experience positive emotions such as a new sense of lightness or freedom, but typically there is also tremendous stress. The process of ending a marriage can be painful and messy, with emotional ups and downs. Most people going through a divorce will experience a range of emotions such as sadness, fear, anger, anxiety, grief, and pain. Further, when children are involved the emotional turmoil and stress is likely greater because the end of the marriage is complex and may involve more loss.
Some people use therapy to help them cope with the process of ending their marriage and beginning a new life chapter. Other people seek therapy to help them decide whether to stay in a marriage or leave, or to inform their partner of their intention to end the relationship. In therapy, people can explore fallout from a past divorce or their own parents’ divorce, and how it may be impacting their current lives and relationships. Other people use therapy as a tool to prevent conflict and strain from harming their children as they negotiate the new territory of co-parenting.
Therapy to work through issues relating to divorce can be beneficial both for individuals and couples.
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