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How to view your divorce as a positive move

Divorce is still often thought of as something negative: a failed marriage. However, it's important to remember that divorce can be very positive, especially in situations where you were trapped in a bad or even dangerous marriage -- if your spouse was not faithful to you, for example, or if abuse was involved.

Experts note that it can be helpful to look at divorce as a beginning, not an end. This is the start of your new life. You have a chance to reinvent yourself, free from the ways the marriage was holding you back.

It can also be liberating. Again, this is especially true in contentious marriages. You may have felt that your spouse was always controlling you, perhaps even with emotional or verbal abuse. Divorce is a chance to be yourself, to take back control of your life. It gives you that freedom that you need.

One woman even noted it could be positive for the kids. She said her parents were unhappy and the relationship was toxic. After they split up, they could put their differences aside. The woman and her sister got to know them individually. The parents eventually became friends again. Had they stayed married, they may never have had that relationship and their daughters may never have seen that side of them.

Of course, every case is different. But this shows that some of the stereotype around divorce may not be as true as people often assume. If you think you and your spouse need to split up in Michigan, you may want to start by looking into your legal rights and how the process works. Remember to consider points like property division, spousal support, child support, and child custody.

Source: Oprah, "The Positive Side of Divorce," Lisa Ling, accessed Feb. 01, 2017

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