While a divorce can mark the end of a failing marriage, it also marks the beginning of a new part of your life. This is a rare opportunity to reevaluate your situation and choose how you want to move forward.

A divorce can help you in many ways. The following are a few unique chances that divorce presents:

  1. Reevaluate your finances: If your spouse was economically manipulating or abusing you, a divorce is an opportunity to break that cycle. For perhaps the first time in a long time, you can make financial decisions for yourself that lead to the security and happiness of you and the ones you love.
  2. Reconsider your relationships: It might seem obvious now that you married too young, too quickly or for the wrong reasons. Now that you have hindsight, take a moment to see areas where you have grown as a person and how you can improve in your relationships in the future. Make goals around these relationships and commit to doing better next time.
  3. Reconnect with your children: Your relationship with your children could be strained during and after a divorce. However, this is a chance to have one-on-one time with them. You can emphasize to them that the divorce is not their fault by bonding with them outside of the context of your marriage. They can now get to know you as an individual parent and person.
  4. Rediscover yourself: Did you become a different person for the sake of your marriage? Many people do. Many believe they must do so to be happy. This could be your chance to remember who you were before your marriage and who you’d like to be now that it is over. Would you like to jam out to classic rock again? Would you like to take up a new sport?
  5. Reinvest in yourself: Many people’s educational or career goals change when they decide to get married. After a divorce, you might need to reignite these goals to support yourself and your children. Consider taking courses to finish your degree or taking a big step to further your career.

No two divorces are the same. However, everyone struggles with the aftermath. When you take the time to set goals and expectations for your new life, you give yourself the chance to acknowledge your past and grow from it.