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According to a new survey by adults.co.uk, the cost of a divorce is the second most traumatic part of a marriage break-up.
The website, aimed specifically at single people who have gone through a serious break-up, asked members which elements of their divorces they found were the hardest to deal with. Unsurprisingly, emotional turmoil was at the top of the list. Researchers were surprised to find, however, that the financial impact was rated the second biggest difficulty, even rated above childcare concerns.
Third on the list, however, was guilt and concern over the children’s welfare. Fourth was concerns about lifestyle changes, including where to live. How to meet a new partner came in at number five, which suggested that many members that had joined divorced.adults.co.uk were already making active and successful steps to heal themselves from their divorces.
Additional ‘personal and private’ concerns came up at number six on the list of most burdensome aspects of divorce. And lastly, came pride and ‘what other people may think’ about their new divorced status.
The online quiz was taken by about 750 members of divorced.adults.co.uk, the divorced platform of the dating site adults.co.uk. The quiz consisted of asking the members to rank the above seven aspects of divorce in order of which they found to be the most challenging, personally. Researchers then added up the rankings, giving one point for each time something was rated least stressful and 7 points for the most stressful.
In British courts, the average cost of divorce is £13,000, with about 12,000 divorces each year, according to the office of national statistics. Most divorcees may be aware of the emotional implications of divorce, yet the poll results indicated that most people give less consideration to the importance of the financial implications.
Divorce support group leader and survival guide author Suze Miller said, “Divorce is not just about ending a legal contract – it’s about emotional pain, fear and guilt and financial loss. Lots of people think of some of these aspects but not all. I encourage people to get their heads and hearts in the right place before they embark on the financial and legal aspects of divorce. If not, you might have years of anger ahead, which can affect children and future relationships.”
If you are going through a divorce or soon will be, contact Martoccio & Martoccio divorce attorneys for assistance today. These experienced divorce lawyers can help you through all of the legal steps of your divorce, and it will be one less thing for you to worry about. Our attorneys serve DuPage, Cook, Kane, and Will Counties in Illinois.