It is understandable if you are reluctant to get divorced — even if you are stuck in an unhappy marriage. You might want to stay together for the kids or out of fear of winding up alone. But for every negative that comes with divorce, there is also a positive.
So, prepare yourself legally to uncouple with your spouse and focus on some of the positive outcomes of ending a bad marriage like the ones below.
You can embrace your freedom
If you feel as if you are tethered to your spouse with a ball and chain, picture yourself free and unencumbered to go and do as you please. It can be quite exciting to find yourself experiencing independence for the first time in a long time.
Begin living out your dreams
Maybe you always regretted not finishing college or you want to rediscover your passion for whitewater rafting. Whatever it is that you want to do or accomplish, you have nobody holding you back from your goals.
Fall in love with yourself
A bad marriage can beat you down emotionally if not physically until you think you’re not worthwhile or that your opinion doesn’t matter. Get to know the true you and how genuinely awesome you are. Sometimes, a few sessions with a good therapist can help get you in the right frame of mind.
Reconnect with friends — and make some new ones
Some spouses isolate their partners and cause them to lose touch with friends and family. Reach out and let your close friends know that you are newly single and eager to catch up. If you feel like you aren’t close to anyone, take a class, join a civic group or volunteer to meet some people with common interests.
Listen to your lawyer
You are paying for good advice, so make sure that you pay attention to the advice and strategies your family law attorney recommends. They will help extricate you from a bad marriage and leave you poised for your new and better life.