Attorney Lauren Fields

Top Five Emotional Steps to Getting Through a Divorce

Lauren Fields Jan. 24, 2023

The emotional steps of getting a divorce can be difficult and varied, as each person's experience is unique. However, there are some common stages that many people go through when they are going through a divorce.

1.    Denial: This is often the first stage of the divorce process. It is natural to feel in shock and disbelief that your marriage is ending. You may feel like it is all a bad dream and that things will work out somehow.

2.    Anger: As the reality of the divorce sets in, it is common to feel angry and resentful. You may feel angry at your spouse, yourself, or the situation. You may also feel a sense of betrayal or abandonment.

3.    Bargaining: In this stage, you may try to negotiate with your spouse in an effort to save the marriage. You may try to make concessions or promises in the hopes that it will change their mind.

4.    Depression: As the divorce becomes more inevitable, it is common to feel sad and depressed. You may feel a sense of loss and grief for the end of your relationship and the dreams and plans you had for the future.

5.    Acceptance: Eventually, you may reach a point of acceptance. This does not mean that you are happy about the divorce, but rather that you have come to terms with it and are able to move forward. This can be a difficult and painful process, but it is necessary in order to move on with your life.

It is important to remember that everyone's experience with divorce is different, and it is normal to feel a range of emotions. It is also important to seek support from friends, family, or a therapist to help you through this difficult time.