Going through a divorce is generally not something that anyone wants to do. Many people focus on the loss of a partner, the stress of the process and the fear of starting over.
However, the ramifications of divorce do not have to all be bad. There are numerous benefits once the initial shock wears off.
Reader’s Digest discusses some of the general benefits in which a divorce may result. One is that you get to reconnect with friends who you may not have seen for a while. Ironically, life after a divorce can actually be less lonely than when you were in the marriage. Many spouses were lonely because they felt ignored by their partners. With more time on your hands, you have the chance to try out new activities and meet others who share your interests.
One perspective to take after a divorce is that you get the chance to start a new life. This can feel empowering and gives you the opportunity to live a different and more fulfilling life.
Although the financial picture for both ex-spouses generally looks grimmer after a divorce, there are some financial benefits if one takes a different perspective. U.S. News and World Report discuss that one benefit is that you now have control over your finances and can budget the way you want.
If you need help getting started with life on your own, you are able to take money out of your retirement account without facing any penalties. If your spouse is older and receiving social security benefits, you may be able to claim spousal benefits. To qualify, your marriage must have lasted a minimum of 10 years, and you must be at least 62 years of age and unmarried.