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Transitioning from Being Married to Becoming Single


Being single and on your own can be daunting at any age. But when you’ve been married for many years and then divorce, then ending the marriage can be a huge blow.

What do you do now? Living the single life can be a huge transition. You’re on your own now. You don’t have a partner you have to worry about. You don’t have to answer to anyone.

This may seem scary, but this can actually be a good thing. Yes, you’ll have to make a lot of changes. Logistics, finances, and pretty much everything else in your life will change. But it can be fun. Envisioning a new life as a single person? Here’s how to make the transition work.

Spend Some Time Getting to Know Yourself

If you’ve been married for many years, you may not know what you like anymore. You may just have been going on with whatever your spouse wanted to do. While it’s great to compromise, marriage sometimes makes people lose their identities. Now that you’re single, try to rediscover yourself. What do you enjoy doing? What are your favorite foods? What do you like to do for entertainment? If you’re not sure, let your newfound freedom help you with rediscovering yourself.

Become Part of a Group

It’s easy to become lonely after a divorce, but you don’t have to become a hermit. Instead, get out and meet people. Join a divorce support group where you can meet others who have been in your situation. You can also join a club or other group. There are online groups you can join as well as in-person ones in your area. You can look on Facebook and other social media sites to find clubs and groups.

Hang Out With Friends

Make sure to spend time with old friends, as having familiar faces around can help you get through your divorce. However, you should expect to lose some friends in your divorce, as many will take sides. Cherish the ones who stick by your side.

Find new friends as well. Get out there and meet people by engaging in activities. If you move, meet your new neighbors. Join clubs. Hang out with co-workers.

Don’t Use Your Children as Therapists

If you have children, keep them out of your post-divorce drama. No, you may not be happy all the time, but keep your kids out of it. Don’t use them as pawns or ask them to get involved in any way. Let them be kids. If you have ongoing emotional issues from your divorce, seek help from a therapist.

Seek Legal Help

Living the single life is not an easy thing to do, especially if you have been married for decades. What do you do now? What happens next?

End your marriage with less stress. Fort Lauderdale divorce lawyer Edward J. Jennings, P.A. can help. We know that the unknown can bring a lot of anxiety. To schedule a consultation with our office, fill out the online form or call 954-764-4330.



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