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Common Effects of Divorce on Women

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Have you ever watched a TV program or a movie where the perfect guy shows up right after a woman has gone through a tough divorce? She’s feeling emotionally drained, anxious and depressed, but the “knight in shining armor” shows up to sweep her off her feet and solve all of her problems. While that idea makes for great entertainment, it rarely happens that way in the real world. Most of the time after divorce is final, women will have to face some real struggles.

Negative Effects of Divorce

There are several common effects that many women experience after divorce, including:

  • Financial Stress
  • Emotional Stress
  • Guilt
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Living Situation
  • Employment Change

Many women feel the financial restrains of divorce because they no longer have the financial security that their ex-husband’s income provided. This is just one aspect that can cause emotional distress. In addition, many women feel very guilty that their marriage has failed and they also worry about their future as well as their children’s future. For some women, the emotional stress can lead to anxiety and/or depression.

Another common effect that divorce has on women is simply their status. They will no longer be part of a couple, but will instead have to learn to live as a single individual. Where they live can be another stressful situation if they are forced to leave the marital home or make a large mortgage payment every month. Many divorced women have to find employment as well, which can add additional stress. However, the news is not all bad.

Positive Effects of Divorce

While there are definitely some tough situations that women might face, getting divorced could also have some positive affects. For a woman who was in an abusive relationship, whether it was physical or emotional, life after divorce can represent freedom. Many women feel much less stress after divorce and some women find more financial success after they split up. Instead of focusing solely on being a wife and mother, some women can put more emphasis on their career after divorce, which is very rewarding in many instances.

The Right Divorce Lawyer Can Help

While going through a divorce can be very difficult there are things that you can do to help you get the through the recovery process. One action you can take that will help you from the beginning is to retain a knowledgeable and experienced divorce attorney who knows how to guide you as you maneuver through the entire divorce process. While an attorney is not a psychologist, the right lawyer can help you understand and prepare for what’s ahead, as well as help you get a fair settlement, which could make a huge difference in your financial situation going forward. If you need help with your divorce in Chicago, then contact the attorneys at Women’s Divorce & Family law Group at 312-585-6604, or click here.

There are many factors to consider when contemplating divorce, and a pre-divorce planning session can help you begin to plan for a divorce. Please contact the professionals at the Women’s Divorce & Family Law Group by calling (312) 585-6604 or clicking here to schedule a consultation.


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Downtown Chicago/Loop Office
Chicago Office
Lake Forest Office
Lisle Office
Lake Forest Office

100 Saunders Rd.
Suite 150

Lake Forest, IL 60045

Lisle Office

3333 Warrenville Rd.
Suite 200

Lisle, IL 60532

Chicago Office

233 S. Wacker Drive
84th Floor

Chicago, IL 60606

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77 W. Wacker Drive
45th Floor

Chicago, IL 60601

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