Many Massachusetts residents may identify themselves in terms of their relationships. Parents understand that they are mothers and fathers because of the relationship with their children, and spouses understand that they are husbands and wives because of the relationship with their partner. Therefore, when a couple is going through a divorce, a person's identity can be greatly shaken as life changes dramatically.
While separation can lead to hardships for either party, recent studies have found that men are more likely to have difficulties after divorce than women. Some may have a hard time understanding their parental role after a separation, especially if they have not seen their children as often as they did before the divorce. Fathers could potentially experience feelings of shame, loss of belonging or other negative emotions as they must navigate how to maintain a relationship with their children around the new circumstances.
Continuing on the emotional side, many men may not allow themselves to openly express how they are truly feeling about the experience. Keeping emotions inside could lead to a divorced man feeling depressed or overly stressed with no way of dealing with it. Having a sense of openness with how separation is affecting a person could lead to less stress and an avoidance of the issues that stress can cause.
Divorce is often a very emotional experience, and understanding how to handle the emotional side as well as the legal side can be difficult. Nevertheless, having the knowledge on how to deal with both aspects could make a considerable difference in how separation proceedings move forward. Information on Massachusetts state laws dealing with divorce could help lessen the stress of the legal side, and possibly keeping an open discussion about the emotional challenges with a trusted party could also be beneficial.
Source: Huffington Post, 3 Reasons Divorce Is Harder On Men Than Women, Tiffany McHugh, Nov. 3, 2013