Reasons Why You Should Not Stay in a Bad Marriage

Are you thinking about divorce in Chicago, but routinely having second thoughts for reasons that are not necessarily helpful to your own well-being or happiness? There are many reasons that people remain in marriages that are difficult and even psychologically or physically harmful. Yet for many people, coming to the realization that it is possible to get divorced and to be happy despite having more limited resources ultimately makes the decision to file for divorce worth it. A recent article from CNBC reported that many people are waiting to get married because they do not have the finances they feel they need to support a marriage. At the same time, there are also couples that only remain married because of finances (and concerns about the additional costs of living on only one salary instead of two combined salaries).

What are some reasons that you should not remain in a bad marriage? An article in Psychology Today provides some tips for people who are considering divorce.

Your Own Happiness Matters

Staying in a marriage because you are putting other family members first is not always a good reason to remain in a relationship that makes you deeply unhappy. Sometimes it is important—and even essential—to put your own happiness first. Speaking with a family therapist may help you to determine how your own happiness is related to your current relationship situation and to help you find ways to engage in more self-care.

Your Health Can Be Impacted by a Stressful Marriage

When a marriage involves emotional or physical abuse, the target of that abuse or family violence can suffer health repercussions. Even in situations in which one or both of the parties in the marriage simply are deeply unhappy, their physical and emotional health can be impacted. Significant stress can hurt your immune system and can have many other physical repercussions. According to an article from the Mayo Clinic, you might not even realize that issues such as frequent headaches, insomnia, or decreased productivity all are resulting from poor stress management. While divorce may result in more immediate stress, it can lead to a decrease in the effects of stress on your body once it is finalized.

It May Be Easier Than You Think to Make a Budget for Living Independently

You may be worried about whether you will be able to support yourself and your children financially if you get divorced. This is a particularly common concern in marriages in which one spouse is the primary breadwinner or earner, and the other spouse has been a stay-at-home parent throughout the marriage. While divorce does mean that both spouses will have to live on individual incomes in two separate homes as opposed to a combined income in only one home with one set of monthly bills, it is certainly not impossible to create a workable budget for yourself after your divorce.

An experienced divorce lawyer in Chicago can also speak with you about options for seeking spousal maintenance under the IMDMA and can help you to understand the amount and duration of alimony that you may be eligible to receive.

Contact a Divorce Attorney in Chicago

Do you have questions or concerns about filing for divorce? A dedicated divorce attorney in Chicago at our firm can speak with you today. Contact Arami Law to learn more.

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