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Women should reduce stress during divorce

Ending a marriage is a challenging time in one's life. Aside from the emotional reaction to the end of the relationship, divorce also brings on a range of more practical challenges. In many ways, newly divorced individuals must begin anew, often without a clear understanding of how their new circumstances might look or feel. As a result, high levels of stress often accompany a Maryland divorce.

Recent research suggests that women are particularly at risk for increased stress during separation and divorce. When asked to rate their own sense of well-being across five different areas, women who were separated ranked their well-being at low levels -- lower than those reported by men and women who were married or single. In addition, women showed higher rates of drug and alcohol use during the period of separation.

A heightened level of tension and anxiety is a normal reaction to the end of a marriage, but Maryland women must take steps to keep stress at a manageable level. Often, stress comes from not knowing what to expect in one's future. The best way to alleviate this type of anxiety is to play an active role within the legal aspects of one's divorce.

Women in Maryland who are actively engaged in the child custody and property division portions of their divorce will have a firm understanding of how their lives will be shaped in the months and years to come. Having this knowledge allows one to make plans for the future, which leads to a sense of control. Often, simply having this feeling of control over one's own future is sufficient to lower the overall level of stress felt throughout the process of separation and divorce.

Source: Deseret News National, "Stress and substance abuse increase more for women who divorce or separate", Lois M. Collins, Oct. 26, 2014

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