Unexpected benefits of being divorced

People can be hesitant to file for divorce. Indeed, in many cases, couples have devoted years of their lives to attempting to make their relationships work. No matter the situation, it can be emotionally difficult to admit that it is time for a marriage to end. Nevertheless, there are benefits to seeking a divorce, some of which people may not expect.

First, although recently divorced individuals may be sad or depressed initially, research shows that they are likely to be substantially happier after several years. According to a study conducted by Kingston University in the U.K., women who sought a divorce experienced a significant increase in their level of happiness for up to five years after it was finalized.

Second, people who attempt to remain in an unhappy marriage are typically less healthy than those who are single. Research suggests that those who remain in unhappy marriages experience not only increased mental stress, but also a greater incidence of diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Third, many couples make the mistake of staying together for the sake of their children. While divorce can, indeed, be hard on children, over time, they will come to accept and enjoy the fact that their parents are no longer stressed and constantly at loggerheads. Even though it may not seem like the best decision initially, it can make things a little easier for everyone in the long term.

Fourth, although it may not be something that younger people think very much about, studies show that women who have been divorced are more likely to be financially prepared for retirement. Researchers at the University of Connecticut examined decades of information compiled by the U.S. Social Security Administration. They found that women who divorced and never remarried saw a greater amount of earnings appreciation over time than those who were never divorced. This led them to file for Social Security benefits at a later time than other women, which means that they had more money available for their retirements.

Finally, it may seem hard to believe, but divorcing could be good for subsequent marriages. According to a study conducted by the Marriage Foundation, those who remarry after getting a divorce are less likely to get a second divorce. Approximately 45 percent of first time marriages in the U.S. end in divorce while about 31 percent of second time marriages end in divorce.

If you are considering the possibility of filing for divorce, contact an experienced divorce attorney.