Marriage dissolution as a result of divorce can sometimes be very difficult considering the fact that marriages are normally founded on true love. Partners usually divorce as a result of unfaithfulness as a core factor making them unhappy in their marriages. Other factors could include unfulfilled promises, responsibilities and family pressure among others. Despite these factors and the foundation of marriage, divorce has various advantages to both children and parents on a wider perspective. Some of these advantages include: happiness, life control, appreciation, better next relationships, health and financial independence among others.
Firstly, divorce normally results to happiness among divorced partners and their kids. Unhappy relationships normally results to health disorders such as stress and depression. This is normally caused by deceptions and cheating on each other. When partners divorce, such stress related disorders would be eliminated resulting to happiness. Research indicates that women are usually much happier after divorce or marriage dissolutions (Churchill 1).In relation to the kids; they would be happy and better of when both of their parents are contented with their lives. According to Baurseman (464) parents are satisfied when they have sole custody of children. With divorce, kids would not have to undergo trauma caused by insults and frequent misunderstandings among their parents. Divorce portrays a sense of being supportive for kids since there would no tension among kids and everyone will be happy in the family.
Secondly, divorce makes partners to be able to control their own lives. Each partner would be able to make independent decisions on which direction they want to take. In unhappy marriages, there are always tussles and hardships when it comes to decision making. For example, one partner can have a plan of starting businesses with little savings after a one year period while the other emphasizing on a longer period. With divorce, a partner would be able to determine the path to take with no consultations from the other. Furthermore, a spouse would be able to determine when to go out and the type of friends to hang out with. This would be important in developing self esteem. As such, divorce promotes independence and life control from personal decisions taken.
Thirdly, divorce leads to better health status among partners. Happy marriages reduce the chances of various health concerns. For example, a partner with a heart disease may even become worse when living in house where conflicts are common (Churchill 1). Contrarily, a single status would reduce the chances of such risks since there would be no stress or misunderstandings. As such, break ups may lead to partners living healthier lives. Fourthly, divorce leads to financial independence, more so among women. Once people are divorced, partners would be obligated to work hard in order to fulfill parental responsibilities. Research found that divorced women saved a lot and had higher lifetime gains since there were delays in withdrawal of social security perks (Churchill 1). Furthermore, financial independence enhances productivity, self esteem and confidence.
In relation to better next relationships, divorced partners learn from previous relationships and are able to build better ones in case they decide to remarry. According to Churchill (1) remarried couples have minimal chances of divorce. This is mainly due to the fact that each partner or spouse would have leant from their previous mistakes. For example, being faithful would be one factor that both spouses would have to consider before getting remarried. As much as divorce sometimes hurts, it has positive impacts to both children and parents like happiness, life and financial independence, health and better future relationships as discussed above.
Baurseman, Robert. “A Meta-analysis of Parental Satisfaction, Adjustment, and Conflict in Joint Custody and Sole Custody Following Divorce.” Journal of Divorce & Remarriage 53. 6 (2012): 464-488. Print.
Churchill, Alexander. 6 Little-Known Benefits Of Being Divorced. Huffingtonpost.com, 26 October 2013. Web. 29 March 2016.