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The upside of divorce

On Behalf of | Apr 17, 2017 | Divorce

When people talk about divorce, they usually focus on the negative aspects. They talk about fighting over the kids and complain about an unfair settlement. They speak of the emotional distress and having to start over. What they do not talk about are the benefits of being divorced.

After you and your husband have settled who gets the vacation home, how your family business will be handled, and dividing the investment accounts, you will start to feel the benefits of being newly divorced. However, to get from an unhappy marriage to a peaceful divorce, you should enlist the help of an experienced family law attorney in the Fowlerville area.

A happier you

Feeling trapped in a bad marriage can lead to depression, anxiety and an otherwise stressful state of being. Once you take even the first toward starting a new life, you will experience a high level of contentment and happiness.

A healthier lifestyle

Marriage, especially to the wrong person, can result in a physically and mentally unhealthy lifestyle. For example, studies have shown that people in stressful and unhappy situations are at higher risk for heart disease, cancer and even diabetes. Arthritis and depression are also symptoms of a prolonged stressful lifestyle.

Better finances

While divorces can be expensive, between attorney fees, court costs, and giving up a significant amount of your marital property, you should think of it more regarding an investment. You may actually end up experiencing an upswing in finances due to your divorce. For example, you may no longer be subject to paying the Alternative Minimum Tax now that you do not have to claim another person’s income on your tax return every year.

Round 2 will go better

After getting a divorce, you may think that there is no way you will ever get married again. However, if you find yourself on the verge of going down the aisle again, your second marriage will have a better chance of surviving the ups and downs than your first one.

Retirement is a real possibility

For women that do not remarry, their earnings capacity tends to increase later in life. This means that you will more than likely delay drawing on your Social Security benefits and you will be able to contribute more to retirement plans. This means that when the time comes, you might be in a strong position to retire worry-free.

While divorce is never easy, it certainly has its benefits. However, during the process, it is important to make sure your interests are protected. If you are considering divorce, enlist some legal guidance and take the first steps toward your new life.