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Seeing the positives of an unexpected divorce

If you were feeling relatively content in your marriage, you were likely caught off guard by your spouse's decision to file for divorce. Learning that your spouse no longer wants to continue in the relationship can affect every aspect of your life, and for a time you may find it difficult to concentrate at work or be an engaged parent. You may even be feeling depressed, in which case you should seek professional guidance.

If you are struggling to emotionally deal with the difficult aspects of divorce, you may want to step back to reflect on the bigger picture. It's easy to focus on the short-term negatives, but by thinking about the ways that divorce may benefit your life, you may be able to move forward more positively. The following are some of the possible advantages of divorce.

You will be faced with the truth

While your marriage may have seemed functional to you, there were clearly emotions and issues that your spouse was not fully sharing with you. Learning the truth can help you to gain clarity to reassess your priorities.

You will have more time to invest in yourself

Being in a relationship requires that compromises are made, and mutual support must be offered in any healthy relationship. If you were in a dysfunctional marriage, it's possible that your own needs were neglected for some time. Being single can help you to reconnect with yourself and establish ways in which you can grow. You will be able to nurture your passions and perhaps gain a new perspective on life.

You may be able to enjoy more time with your children

Many parents worry that getting a divorce will lead to them losing the strong bond they have with their children. In some cases, the opposite can be true. Gaining shared custody of your child could mean that you can spend quality time with your children. As a single parent, you may become more present in your children's lives.

Going through the process of divorce can be a challenging experience. However, by taking a proactive approach in asserting your preferences and fighting for your rights, a divorce settlement could offer you the closure that you need.

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