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Seven surprising perks about life after divorce

Yes, divorce is messy and painful and in some cases, tragic. However, just because you've been through a difficult ordeal doesn't mean that the rest of your life will be just as hard. You may actually be amazed to find that there are a number of benefits to being on your own again.

According to a Huffington Post article, here are seven of the surprising perks that other individuals discovered after their divorces:

  1. It can boost your confidence in yourself. If you can make it through the divorce process, you can do just about anything.
  2. You can spend your time the way you want. No more arguing about which TV show to watch in the evening or whether you can go to a particular concert on the weekend. Your free time is yours to allocate as you please.
  3. If you have sole custody, you get the privilege of raising your kids.You're the primary person your children look to for guidance, assistance and protection. This can promote a strong bond with them.
  4. You can say farewell to your in-laws. You don't have to worry about that tension at Thanksgiving dinner or listen to their criticism anymore.
  5. The stress level goes down. Not living in the midst of conflict is good for both you and your children.
  6. You can focus on taking care of yourself. Now that it's just you again, you can devote some time and energy to pursuing your personal goals. Maybe you've always wanted to run a marathon or learn a new language. Now's the time.
  7. You may rediscover a lost friendship. If you and your ex aren't together, you may find that it's easier to talk with him or her. Without the conflict of being spouses, you may even discover that you can be friends again.

For help navigating the divorce process in a way that will promote a positive outcome, talk to a lawyer skilled in this area of law. He or she can help you seek a resolution that leads to a brighter future for you and those you love.