People often assume that divorce will be a serious battle between people who have turned from spouses into opponents. They imagine fighting over assets, arguing about inheritance funds, fighting for time with the kids and feeling like they are so angry they can’t be in the same room with their ex.
It doesn’t have to be like this at all. Modern divorce cases are far more friendly and cooperative than they used to be. You have people making social media posts about how the divorce is something they both agreed would be best. You have divorced couples taking their kids on vacation together. It’s clear that these people are able to put their best foot forward and accept the end of the marriage as just another stage in life.
Why have things changed?
There are a lot of reasons for this change. A large one is that both men and women tend to work these days, so one spouse doesn’t feel like they’re losing their financial support if they get divorced. There is less fear. People are able to do what they really want.
Additionally, views on marriage itself have shifted. People are waiting longer than ever to get married. Cohabitation is more common than it has been before and doesn’t carry the same stigma that it used to. In other words, people aren’t defined by their marital status and they don’t see relationships in the same black-and-white terms they once did, making it easier to accept ending a marriage and moving forward.
Of course, there are still a lot of details to sort out, even in an amicable divorce, so be sure you know what steps to take to best protect your future.