Empty nesters and divorce

While some divorces arise out of specific high-conflict situations, others are more amicable and a function of time and need to move to the next chapter in life. There are a few common trends in empty nester divorces of able spouses on different paths.

While some divorces arise out of specific high-conflict situations, others are more amicable and a function of time and need to move to the next chapter in life. There are a few common trends in empty nester divorces of able spouses on different paths.

The children are grown and out of the house

People who watch others in high-conflict divorces and custody battles may have the option to work it out and stay together until the kids are adults. A couple can make this decision, and whether to tell the children is unique to every family. Once children are stable on their own, parents can divorce without the anxiety of issues involving children.

Career opportunities to go in a new direction

As the children are out of the house and into new careers, parents who put their careers on hold to raise their children may have work options that allow them new opportunities, especially when those opportunities involve travel, additional time and relocation potential. Many empty nester divorcees want the freedom to take their career where it couldn't go when raising children. It might also be an opportunity for self-employment and other business opportunities.

The bucket list and freedom of being single

Over years of marriage and raising children people often wonder about the roads never traveled, especially if they were considerably young when marrying and starting a family. Some find they love their spouse but want new adventures and to better develop their own sense of self in the world.

Your ex-spouse may still be your best friend

Where empty nester divorces may be more civil, the parties can agree to both continue being loving parents to the children and even being together on special occasions. They may explore new relationships or just stay single for a while. With open minds and honest hearts anything is possible when the children are grown and move forward with their own lives.

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