One of the most challenging life difficulties is separation and divorce. Unfortunately approximately 50% of all marriages end in divorce. The statistics are even bleaker for subsequent marriages with a divorce rate of approximately 65-70%. Divorce is not a single event but a series of losses, transitions, and family reorganizations. A divorce inevitably brings about a number of changes that range from emotional to economic. Changes occur in family relationships, standards of living, residences, and friends. The process of adjusting to these changes is stressful for families. In addition, most children experience considerable distress in the early stages of a divorce.
People can experience a wide range of reactions to divorce. Some see divorce as a failure and experience depression. Others may have to cope with a loss of security. For still others, divorce is a release from the burdens and frustrations of constant tension. The legal process itself can be long and frustrating and contribute to feelings of stress. Coupled with this is the potential loss of property and financial stability.