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What is like getting a divorce at a young age?

Some couples in Falls Church may be married for many years or even decades before divorcing. Some young adults can find that, though they have only been married a few years, their relationship is too rocky. And, they are best off getting a divorce. But, those who divorce in their 20’s may face challenges that older couples do not.

For example, many divorcees in their 20’s may find that many of their peers are either newly married or are not married. Therefore, they may find it difficult to find others they can relate. However, when a young couple divorces, they may not have children yet, and they may not have much in the way of marital property. Without having to make child custody or child support decisions, and without a great deal of assets, the divorce process can be more straightforward.

So, why are younger couples divorcing these days? Often, it is because, despite being married, their lives are going in different directions. For example, for some cultivating a career, it is more important to them than it is to their spouse. In addition, some may want to start a family right away, while their spouse does not want to take that step right now, if at all.

In the end, a young adult who is divorcing should not think that they have failed in some fashion. Instead, they can look at the situation as a learning experience and an opportunity for growth. Leaving an unhappy marriage is often the right step for spouses of any age and can allow them to create a future in which they feel happy and fulfilled.

Source: Chicago Tribune, “The ups and downs of getting divorced in your 20s,” Alison Bowen, Jan. 30, 2018

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