Unexpected Ways Divorce Affects Your Life

January 8, 2019  |  
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Nobody expects divorce to be painless. Nobody presumes life will feel basically the same, minus a spouse, after divorce. Everyone knows that divorce is a huge deal. In fact, there is a lot of information out there about divorce, but much of it is collected by researchers, analysts, and individuals looking at divorcees as subjects and numbers rather than humans having subjective experiences. There are some parts of divorce that cannot be quantified. And no divorce is the same. Some end amicably. Some end with restraining orders. In some cases, only one person within the couple even wanted the divorce while in other cases both people had wanted one for a very long time. Because of all of these variables, no matter how much you’ve read or learned about divorce, there is always room for the unexpected. It’s not all bad. It’s certainly not all good. Here are surprising ways being divorced affects your life.

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Friends pick a side

Couple friends feel obligated to pick a side. They sit down, talk about it, and choose to either remain friends with you or your ex. They feel it will just be too complicated to stay friends with both of you. If you get the ax, they can tell you so casually—so heartlessly—you’d think they were telling you your Internet bill were going up.

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