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Unexpected effects of the end of a marriage

Going through a divorce leads to some major life changes. Most people realize that there are going to be changes about where one party lives and how assets are divided. The changes that comes with this major life change don't end with only those practical matters. Instead, there are several others that you might have to consider if your marriage is ending.

One major change that you might not expect is the year of firsts. This is the term used to describe the roller coaster of emotions that you might experience as you go through things like holidays and other events for the first time since your divorce. You won't have your spouse with you to experience these things with you, which might bring up feelings of anger, sadness or nostalgia.

The divorce process might be traumatic for you, which can also lead to major changes. You'll have to try to find ways to cope with this, and it might be more challenging to do so while your life is in an upheaval. If you have children, they might also experience trauma because of the split.

You're also going to have to deal with a major change in your finances. You're going to have to pay for the household bills on your own. Plus, you'll have the expenses of divorce at the start of the situation. It's estimated that the average divorce in this country is $15,000 to $20,000 just for the legal fees.

Ultimately, you'll have to do what you feel is best for yourself with the divorce. Take the time to consider your options and address issues as they come up.

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