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Positive benefits of divorce for Maryland couples

Some statistics indicate that as many as 45 percent of first marriages will end in divorce. Despite this high number, there continues to be somewhat of a stigma associated with a marriage ending in divorce. Some people, however, fail to see that there are many benefits to ending a marriage, as opposed to staying in an unhappy one, for couples in Maryland and across the country.

While the process of going through a divorce can be emotionally devastating, one study found that woman who went through a divorce were ultimately happier, as opposed to woman who stayed in an unhappy marriage. One study found that woman felt happier than they had ever felt in their life even five years after the divorce had been finalized. In addition to emotional well-being, some studies seem to indicate that divorced women tend to fare better in terms of physical health. Those who stayed in an unhappy marriage were more likely to experience depression, heart disease, and arthritis among other ailments.

These benefits also tend to apply to children of a marriage. While some parents may decide to stay in a marriage because they feel that it is in the child's best interest, research has found this may not be the case. Many experts would argue that children are actually happier when their parents live separately, but happily, apart. The idea is that it is better to see their parents happy than constantly arguing with one another.

Other studies indicate that divorced women may be luckier in love the second time around. For those who have divorced then remarry, these marriages experience only a 31 percent divorce rate. This is a 14 percent improvement compared to first time marriages.

There is a chance that going through a divorce will be a contentious, emotionally draining process. However, many experts would argue that ending an unhappy marriage is a much better option than being miserable. For those in Maryland, it is often an opportunity to start a new and fresh chapter of one's life.

Source: The Huffington Post, 6 Little-Known Benefits Of Being Divorced, Alexandra Churchill, Oct. 26, 2013

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