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Consequences of Divorce and Separation


Matched to adults in a stable marriage, divorced adults, on average, have poorer physical and mental well-being. They experience further social isolation. After a few years, most divorced fathers do not have regular interaction with their children. For some divorced grownups, new romantic relationships help rebuild their self-esteem and happiness, but for others, new romantic relationships end up creating superior feelings of loneliness, sadness, and lower self-esteem.

Many individuals struggle to manage their emotional ties to their ex-spouse. They continue to be dependent on them for emotional support and everyday matters. They remain deeply attached even though the legal ties have been broken. Continuing strong attachment to the ex-spouse makes it harder for adults to adjust to divorce. There are a number of aspects one can reach through psychotherapy, that help individuals adjust better to divorce, such as the ability to embrace change