No two New Jersey families are exactly the same. In some households, there are parents who are planning on filing for divorce before 2020 comes to a close. Doing so is a solemn decision that prompts numerous life changes. While every person must adapt to a new lifestyle in his or her own way, there are certain types of changes that are common when a married couple decides to go their separate ways.
Parental responsibility is something that may change when a set of parents decides to divorce. If a spouse is used to being the parent who carries most of the responsibilities in caring for his or her children on a daily basis, the challenges that come with being a single parent may not be as stressful as it might be for someone who is used to sharing such responsibilities 50/50 as part of a marital relationship. Some post-divorce changes might come as a nice surprise, such as those who describe feeling a sense of liberation and independence that were lacking in their marriages.
In addition to parental responsibility and independence, a person is likely to experience financial changes after a divorce. For a parent who sacrificed a career to stay home full time and raise a family, it may be time to seek employment. Friendships often change when a married couple decides to end their relationship. Some friends might feel more loyal to one spouse, which might make maintaining a friendship with the other spouse a bit awkward.
Divorce often sparks a lot of emotional changes in a person as well. One minute, a New Jersey spouse might feel confident and sure when he or she files a petition in a civil court. The next minute, the same person might feel sad or lonely at the thought of leaving his or her marriage behind and a starting anew in life. The best way to overcome emotional, financial or other personal challenges that arise during proceedings is to build a strong support network from the start.