stages of divorce

There are a variety of psychological reasons why we are triggered in marriage by our spouse. I looked at why emotions may swiftly build, and things might get hot before each party has a chance to comprehend what's going on. Some people may choose to leave their relationship because of these problems. Others could seek help. However, many couples slip into a pattern of fighting, making up, moving on, conflict, and moving on, which adds to the stress and makes it all more sensitive.

When our spouse provokes us, many of us aren't conscious that our emotional past and inner voice are influencing what triggered us and why. While researching these early impacts can help us modify how we feel and engage in our relationships, there are also methods we can use right now to aid us when our spouse gets us worked up. Whatever we're experiencing at the time, we may learn to behave in healthy ways that don't harm ourselves, our spouse, or our relationship's love sentiments.

We create coping strategies to avoid suffering like humans, but when our instant reactions to triggers don't result in the anticipated consequence of more human relations, we damage our relationships. The following is a list of strategies for dealing more successfully with unpleasant emotions such as anger and anxiety, so you can stay peaceful and more introspective while you're feeling provoked.

1. Physical separation

Many couples are so used to their partners and their physical presence that they cannot believe that my wife is not sleeping with me. 

Due to this, most couples are seen reuniting until the emotional divorce is completed.

2. Mental or Cognitive Separation

Mental separation isn't so much a part of the divorce decision as it proceeds, the actual divorce decision. Generally, in other life decisions such as a job change or hometown change, people set their goals or intend to carry these decisions out.

Cognitive separations are usually frustrating and leave a person helpless. Once the decision of separation is made, the crisis occurring on each person varies depending on their level of preparation. Most families openly talk and discuss the changes that may arise and their anticipated solutions. But sometimes, an open conversation has never occurred, or any such communication has ever been done in the family.

When there are no prior discussions, the fear and anger can intensify, and various reactions can occur, causing the less prepared spouse more significant anger and depression issues. This can also leave the other spouse in feelings of guilt; the family is confused about parenting, roles, and rules decisions.

3. Spiritual Connection

The spiritual connection follows the emotional relationship; this connection is usually transient and without any spatial reference. In this connection, strong feelings are absent; instead, there is love, care, and vulnerability for the other person.

4. Legal or Cultural Separation

Examine if your coping mechanisms are successful and effective, and change those that aren't. Your emotional reactions may catch you off guard. To counteract this, think of What you should do to keep your love for the intimate partner alive. Realizing why you are being provoked will help you recover control of your emotions and consciousness.

5. Emotional Divorce

It can be very overwhelming to accept that you're in the middle of a divorce; all the special moments, precious hours you've spent with your spouse are going to end.

This is the stage where growth occurs, and you realize the disengagements and how important it is to let go. You will finally understand that there’s life after divorce and much better things waiting for you in the future.

Growth also comes when you stop blaming your partner and realize your own mistakes. You start taking responsibility for the things happening and realize how important it is to let go of the old “dance” and create some new “dance" steps.

This stage works differently for everyone, and some have to face severe resistance from their spouse, walking away in between the arguments, never asking for what you need and refusing to accept your needs. But this is your time to do what you want to, refuse to tolerate any unacceptable behaviour, take a solo vacation and deny all the things you don't want to do.

Emotional unbinding gives you choices of new behaviours and responses to certain behaviours. Once you realize this, your emotional and legal divorce can fall out more smoothly.

Why Breaking Emotional Ties Is Essential?

When you see that nothing you do or say will bring back your marriage, you should realize that this is your time to let go. Keeping any emotional ties or bonding with your partner will make it difficult to move on and enjoy a separate life.

Also, most couples are seen dragging the court battles or ritually celebrating holidays and festivals together to maintain their connection. Emotional ties leave the couple "still married" even though they're formally divorced and do things in their couple's name.

Some couples still live under the same roof after years of their divorce, maintaining their distances. In contrast, some couples living in separate houses in the same neighborhood meet as they feel the need to end each other's depression.

Hence, if the emotional ties are not broken, it can impact the couple's move on and live a separate life.

Dealing With The Emotional Divorce

Facing the unknown can be fearful and can lead to overwhelming emotions, including anger, fear, anxiety, and hurt due to the end of your relationship. But to end the divorce and get over it peacefully, you need to overcome all these aspects.

Divorce can come with many changes in your life, maybe shifting the city, or your job, or changing your children's school as it may seem challenging to enter the same workplace after being years of a homemaker.

Divorce can also cause you some other losses, such as losing mutual friends, former in-laws, your house your financial stability, but you have to deal with all of it firmly. As better things will happen and all that happens, happens for good. You can also consider a therapist to help you overcome your grief.