Even if you don’t have kids, any relationship break down can affect all other areas of your life.
Recently, when visiting a family attorney's office, I noticed a framed cartoon hanging in the waiting room.
First, Marie, the initiator of the divorce may agree to try counseling.
She has no hope of fixing the marriage and in fact wants out as quickly as possible.
Divorce has become an expected part of the life cycle, even though we concern ourselves with avoiding it.
The initiator experiences the first stage of divorce while still living with his or her spouse.
Typically, this is not true for the non-initiator spouse.
This individual begins the first stage after hearing of the divorce or after the couple has physically separated.
This difference in the beginning of the transition causes a difference in the length of time it takes each person to complete the five stages, and this difference is a major reason why spouses are at different stages as they progress through the divorce process.