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22 Dec

Surviving divorce: tips for success when divorcing in Massachusetts

Posted by Super User

Generally, people enter marriage hoping for happily ever after. Unfortunately, marriage ends in divorce for almost half of those who take these vows. This transition can be difficult and, for some, can result in psychological trauma.

It is not uncommon to feel disillusioned and frustrated during a divorce, but there are steps that can help mitigate these feelings.

 

Forms of trauma that can accompany divorce

Psychiatrists recognize that divorce can trigger one or more of the three main types of trauma. These types of trauma are acute, complex and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Some level of psychiatric trauma is a normal response to a painful separation.

Acute trauma focuses on the single event of divorce, while complex trauma refers to breaking away from a continually abusive marriage. Symptoms can include feelings of despair and emotional numbness.

PTSD occurs if symptoms continue to worsen months or even years after the traumatic event. The symptoms associated with PTSD generally begin within three months of the divorce and include flashbacks, avoidance and an increased sensitivity that can result in anger, feelings of guilt or self-destructive behavior.

Managing the transition from marriage to single life

The following can help make the transition from marriage to single life more manageable:

  • Accept that the marriage is over
  • Join support groups
  • Embrace change

Whether you initiated the divorce or unexpectedly received a divorce summons, accepting the fact that marriage is over can be a difficult step. It may help to see a psychiatrist to discuss your frustrations. Support can also be found within local divorce support groups. These groups allow individuals to share their story and can provide a new perspective.

Ultimately, family experts advise those going through a divorce to embrace change. Focusing on the opportunities that are available by making new friendships, pursuing professional goals or renewing connections with friends and family members can help make the difficulties associated with a traumatic divorce more manageable.

Divorce in Massachusetts

Regardless of the level of trauma associated with a couple's separation, divorce is never easy. In addition to navigating through the emotional upheaval that can result from the end of a marriage, legalities need to be considered as well.

In Massachusetts, a divorce can be granted for many reasons, including:

  • Adultery
  • Impotence
  • Desertion
  • Some types of addiction
  • Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage

The couple must also determine how to distribute their property. If unable to agree on property division, the court will make a determination. Depending on each individual relationship, additional considerations can include child custody, child support and alimony.

If you are considering a divorce it is important to contact an experienced divorce attorney to discuss your situation and work with you to streamline the process. An experienced divorce attorney can also help minimize exposure to traumatic events while helping to better ensure you receive the best possible outcome.