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Effects and Consequences of Divorce

Updated on February 17, 2013

Divorce happens when a couple decides that they cannot continue living with each other anymore. There are many reasons behind divorce but the major ones are – lack of adjustment and commitment, extra-marital affairs, sexual incompatibility, interference from parents or in-laws, alcohol addiction, physical and emotional abuse, communication gap between partners, lack of maturity, and lifestyle differences.

Common Consequences of Divorce

The consequences of divorce are very wide and may vary from person to person. Generally, there are some common effects and problems that are seen in most of the cases. Some of the common consequences include the following:

Physical Consequences

Divorce affects the physical and mental health of both the partners. Divorced people tend to develop serious health problems at the early age as compared to happily married couples. The chances of developing cardio and neuro problems are more among divorced people. The rate of depression, anger and frustration is also higher among divorced people which could lead to serious mental problems. In this case, you can burn your mental stress and tension with the help of yoga and meditation which will also improve your health. Watching some comedy movies at home is also a good idea.

Financial Consequences

Finance related problems are the long-term consequences of divorce which affect both the parties, especially women. If the divorced couple has younger school going children who stay with their mother after divorce, then in most of the cases, mother starts doing a job for bringing up their children. In this case, do not spend your money on unnecessary things and try to save whatever you can.

Social Consequences

Social consequences of divorce are often overlooked but their result is quite worst. You may lose a part of your social circle. Some of your friends and relatives may stop talking to you. You will also feel a drastic change in the behaviour of some people in the society towards you. They may not treat you as earlier when you used to live with your spouse. As a result, you will feel ignored and alone. In this case, try to keep yourself busy in some or the other activity. This will divert your mind, so you will not think much about the changed behaviour of the people in the society.

There may be several other effects and consequences among divorcees. You need to tackle all the situations, try to become stronger and face the world with confidence.

What do you think should one give another chance to keep their married life?

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    • anujagarwal profile imageAUTHOR

      Anuj Agarwal 

      9 years ago from Noida

      Thanks for dropping by Ajit.

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      Ajit Kumar.P 

      9 years ago

      Hi Anuja

      Beautiful article for the new generation ,thank you for the good article


    • anujagarwal profile imageAUTHOR

      Anuj Agarwal 

      9 years ago from Noida

      Sorry to hear that starme. I hope you already would have done your best to save your marriage. But I'll always suggest to think twice before filing and look at the effects on child's future. Well, thanks for dropping by.

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      9 years ago

      Thanks for writing this - since I am filing divorce and have the two children and my 86 year old mother in law to care for - this hub helped a lot so, thanks for writing it :) Thumbs up to ya :)

    • anujagarwal profile imageAUTHOR

      Anuj Agarwal 

      9 years ago from Noida

      Thanks for stopping by sagbee. It is really painful and every couple must do their best to save the marriage.

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      9 years ago from Delhi

      that's a nice hub.. it is painful to see any couple getting divorce.. but when things dnt work out the one and the only solution is divorce..


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