Divorce has become a mainstay in today’s society. Many spouses in Ohio have ended their marriages and gone their separate ways. The previous sentence oversimplifies the divorce process in many ways, but with separation so prevalent among the nation’s spouses, it must be somewhat simple, right?

There are two aspects to every divorce. On the practical side, there are the things that some couples spend their time in court fighting over: division of property, child custody, spousal and child support. On the other side, there are the feelings of loneliness, regret, betrayal, anger, sadness and confusion. While the legal system will assist spouses in regards to the practical aspects of divorce, it will not assist individuals coping with the emotional loss of a spouse.

Each aspect requires a different process, and with each of these processes can come separate hardships. Say you have been married to your spouse for 30 years. The two of you wed after college and you’re both about to turn 55 years old. Suddenly, one of you decides that the love is gone and that you want to be single.

After three decades, consider the amount of property that you have accrued together, the changes you have made for one another, the children you have raised together; divorcing a spouse at this mid-stage of your life can be hard. Despite this, data from the National Center for Family & Marriage Research at Bowling Green University shows that one in four people getting divorced is now over the age of 50, so many people are experiencing these hardships.

Remember, though divorce may be prevalent, it is not necessarily an easy task. The emotional and fiscal ties that you have created between you and your spouse need to be severed and mended, one at a time. This can be a long process and should not be taken lightly.

Source: My Plainview, “Deal with divorce one day at a time,” Alice Sawayer, May 26, 2012