Emotional Stages of Divorce

The final divorce papers are only the beginning of a long journey ahead. Houston Divorce Now knows that there are emotional stages that go along with getting over a divorce. Although everyone has different healing times, almost everyone goes through the six emotional stages. After spending a decent amount of time with a significant other, it can be hard to accept the fact that you are no longer together.

You may find yourself wondering what went wrong with the marriage and if there was a chance you could have fixed it. While sitting with these thoughts, it is important to acknowledge the six stages you may be going through. This will give you a better understanding of why you feel the way you do.


Divorce can be a very hard concept to grasp. You may blame yourself or other for it. Your emotions can get the best of you in this stage. Being in denial prevents you from accepting the truth that sits right in front of you.


This emotion can go hand in hand with denial. You may be in disbelief and in shock at the same time. How could something like this happen to your relationship? You may even begin to panic. As you realize how much time and energy you poured into the relationship, the shock could be even bigger.

Contrasting Emotions

Going back and forth between emotions during your divorce is surprisingly normal. You may go between:

  • Hope and despair

  • Anger and relief

  • Happiness and sadness


At some point, you may believe your marriage could have worked out if you had just done this one thing or said this one thing during a fight. You may drive yourself crazy thinking about what you could do to get your ex back. Unfortunately, this emotion only delays your healing.

Letting Go

As you go through your healing process, you will eventually realize that everything will be okay. You will let go of trying to get back with your partner. This is the chance for you to move on.


You will know you have gotten to this stage when all the negative emotions have come to a halt. A realization has come over you that the divorce is final and you will be okay. You will be excited to start a new life without your old partner. This is a great opportunity to go and try new things. Here are some ideas to get you out there:

  • Start a new hobby

  • Take a class you know nothing about

  • Travel to new places

  • Volunteer at a place that interests you

While acceptance is technically the last stage, it is importance to remember that you may bounce between all of these stages, even after you have accepted the fact that your divorce is final. If you are reading this before your divorce is finalized, take a look at some of our other blogs to help you get a better understanding of what to expect from your divorce. If you are still in search of a good divorce attorney, head over to C.Y. Lee Legal Group to get started today.

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