Accepting the End of Your Marriage

April 26, 2024

Divorce is never easy, even when both parties agree it’s the best path. The decision to end a marriage carries a heavy sense of loss, disappointment, and sometimes even a hint of failure. Before you dive into the legal logistics of an uncontested divorce in St. Clair County, it’s essential to take time for the first, and arguably most crucial, step of an uncontested divorce – accepting the end of your marriage.


What is an Uncontested Divorce?


An uncontested divorce is a type of divorce where both spouses agree on all major issues of dissolving the marriage. These issues typically include:



  • Parenting Where the children will live, who has them when and how decisions will be made about them.


  • Child Support: How much will each contribute to a child’s financial needs, including sports, activities, day care and medical expenses.



When both spouses reach an agreement on these critical elements, the divorce process tends to be faster, smoother, and often less expensive than a contested divorce. But before you can even get there, you have to be emotionally ready to have those discussions.


Accepting the End of Your Marriage


The first step of any divorce, even an uncontested one, involves a period of emotional adjustment and acceptance. Here are some tips to help navigate this initial stage:


  • Allow Yourself to Grieve: The end of a marriage, even a troubled one, is a monumental loss. Don’t feel obligated to “be strong” all the time. Allow yourself to feel the mix of sadness, anger, and other emotions that often come with such a major life change.


  • Seek Support: Talking to friends, family, or a therapist specializing in relationship issues offers a much-needed outlet to process your feelings. Support systems provide validation and offer comfort so you don’t feel isolated.


  • Practice Self-Care: Stress can wreak havoc on your physical and emotional health. Prioritize good sleep habits, nutritious meals, and regular exercise. Even activities like spending time enjoying nature, listening to music, or meditation can be beneficial to your overall well-being.

Steps for a Smoother Uncontested Divorce


During this emotionally charged stage, consider these constructive steps to ensure a smoother uncontested divorce:


  • Discuss Amicable Solutions: Have open and honest conversations about resolving your divorce as amicably as possible. Outline what assets and debts need to be divided and brainstorm possible scenarios of fair distribution.


  • Focus on Your Children (If Applicable): If you have children, their well-being should be prioritized. Work collaboratively on a parenting plan that addresses their day-to-day needs, important decision-making, and how both parents will stay involved in their lives.


  • Consider Therapy: Counseling might seem like an unnecessary addition when you’ve both agreed to divorce. However, couples therapy can be a beneficial space to work through complex issues, establish communication patterns for managing child-related matters, and achieve an amicable closure to the relationship. No, going to therapy is not going to be weaponized against you


  • Give Your Spouse Room to Process: They too need some time to process through the end of the marriage. Encourage them to seek help if they are depressed. If all they want to do is fight with you, consider leaving the house for a while so that tempers can cool off. It might help to sleep in different rooms or even discuss someone moving out.


Why Taking Time to Accept the End of Your Marriage Matters


While it’s natural to want to rush through the legal process, rushing the emotional stages can hinder even the best-laid plans for an uncontested divorce. Here’s why accepting the end of your marriage is important:


  • Clarity and Focus: By processing the emotional fallout of ending your marriage, you’ll gain clarity on what you truly desire from the divorce settlement.


  • Reduced Resentment: Addressing lingering emotions upfront will reduce the likelihood of past hurts resurfacing and sabotaging a peaceful dissolution.


  • Healthier Co-parenting: If children are involved, this emotional work will set the stage for a more cooperative and less stressful co-parenting dynamic.


Remember: An uncontested divorce is still a divorce. It’s paramount to be kind to yourself, access the support you need, and carefully consider decisions that will profoundly affect your future.


When you are ready to start the legal part of your journey, I am a call or click away. In me, you will find an ally to help you navigate this transition that is compassionate, that will not bill you for every interaction and will help you through the process.


Disclaimer: This blog post is provided for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice.