If you are one of the parties involved in a Massachusetts divorce, it represents a disruptive trauma to your life. It is almost unavoidable that you will experience some adverse effects in the short term, some of which may extend into the long term.
However, it does not necessarily follow that you will be worse off after the divorce than you were before. In fact, the opposite may be true, and you may find that divorce has benefitted you. Your life satisfaction following the divorce may depend on several different factors.
According to Psychology Today, the greatest indicator of whether you will achieve greater life satisfaction following a divorce may be the quality of your marriage before the divorce. If your relationship with your spouse was poor, particularly if it involved physical or verbal abuse, you are more likely to find that your life overall improves as a result of the end of the marriage.
It may make a difference whether you are male or female. The emotional impact of a divorce, whether positive or negative, is likely to affect women more strongly than men because women tend to report greater emotional investment in their relationships.
The cultural context may make a difference as well. If you hold strongly traditional views of marriage and/or you come from a cultural background that regards divorce as shameful regardless of the circumstances, it can be difficult to overcome the adverse effects of divorce. This is true regardless of whether you are a man or a woman.
Research shows that married people tend to be happier overall than those who divorce or separate. However, ending a bad relationship can sometimes come as a welcome relief with potential long-term benefits.
The information in this article is not intended as legal advice but provided for educational purposes only.