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Religion and divorce: how we react and cope

It can be an emotional and challenging time for some in Massachusetts as they work through the divorce process. Even in cases where the separating couple has agreed that it is best to end their union in divorce, the process of dividing the assets and property of a marriage can be stressful. For some, the emotional adjustment may take longer, even after the divorce is final.

In a recent study that may be of interest to some readers in Massachusetts, scientists looked at the long-term emotional challenges faced by those who have gone through the divorce process. In particular, they were considering the effect of religion on the emotional recovery of a spouse. Researchers interviewed a small sample of the divorced population, only 89 people.

The interviewees reported that they suffered less emotionally and had an easier time adjusting to post-divorce life if they either had a positive religious view of the situation or if they did not profess a religion. For those who had a more negative view of dissolution, such as those who thought that the divorce was a sacred loss, the emotional difficulties were more prevalent. In all cases the interviewees had been divorced for at least a year.

Though it is a rare couple who goes through the divorce process thinking that it is easy, many are able to come to terms emotionally with the dissolution eventually. The final decree often means a new start for an individual. For many who are divorced or are in the process, the use of thorough planning strategies helps to alleviate emotional difficulties both during and after the divorce.

Source: huffingtonpost.com, "Does Religion Help Or Hurt Divorce Adjustment?" Robert Hughes, Jr., August 2, 2012

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