Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that in 2020, 1,676,911 marriages and 630,505 divorces occurred in the U.S. That figure equates to a marriage rate of 5.1 marriages per 1,000 people and a divorce rate of just less than half of that.

A divorce is an emotionally challenging experience. It can be difficult to separate yourself from your spouse, especially if you have been married for many years.

5 Tips To Help You Move on After a Divorce

While it may not be easy, it is possible to move on and have a happy, fulfilling life after a divorce. Some days may be challenging, but a positive mindset and a focus on the future can help you transition to this new chapter of your life.

Try these five tips to make the process easier:

1. Admit You Are Getting Divorced

It may seem hard to do, but learn to admit to yourself, your friends, and your family that your marriage is over. Accepting that your marriage has ended may seem like a small step, but acknowledging and verbalizing it to others can help you face the reality of your situation.

2. Forgive Yourself and Let Go of Your Ex’s Mistakes

It’s common to want to assign blame for the failure of your marriage. You may focus on what you or your ex did not do. Learn to forgive your mistakes. While it may be challenging to forgive your ex for acts of infidelity or other wrongdoing, remember that such misconduct does not define your identity and does not reflect on you. 

If your ex verbally, physically, emotionally, or sexually abused you, it can be especially tough to heal from. Consider seeking help from a licensed, qualified therapist.

3. Create Goals for Yourself, However Small

Remember that your marriage is only part of your story. You are still a person with a future ahead of you. Remind yourself of this by setting small, achievable goals for yourself. You may want to learn a language or take up a new hobby.

4. Build Relationships With Family and Friends

Although you may feel alone during this period, lean on family members and friends for support. Be direct with your friends about your needs and allow them to assist you during this time. 

Make sure that you don’t neglect your relationship with your children. Resist the temptation to speak badly about your ex in front of them or discuss your marriage and divorce issues with them.

5. Take Responsibility for Your Future

Finally, decide to take charge of what happens next in your life. Neither your ex nor anybody else can determine how the coming stages of your life will look. It is up to you to decide where your life takes you.

A Final Word About Moving on After Divorce

Divorce is, in a way, similar to death, in that it marks the end of a significant relationship. You should be patient with yourself and allow yourself opportunities to grieve the loss of the relationship. Remember that it’s normal to experience both good and bad days as you move forward.

Also, there’s no shame in seeking professional assistance or counseling during this difficult time. A counselor or therapist may be of great help to you if you need a knowledgeable, objective opinion on your situation and emotions. 

Contact the Bergen County Family and Divorce Law Firm of Arons & Solomon Divorce Lawyers for more help

Contact the experienced divorce attorneys at Arons & Solomon Divorce Lawyers today for legal assistance. Visit our law office in Bergen County or give us a call at (201) 487-1199 to schedule a free consultation with our team.

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