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Divorce is no reason to feel ashamed or stigmatized

When people marry, they intend for it to last forever. Of course, that's not always the case and some Missouri couples may find themselves in the throes of divorce somewhere down the road. Unlike decades ago, when many people spoke about divorce in hushed tones, the stigma has eased today and there is no reason people should be ashamed when their marriages end in divorce. In fact, although not usually a cause for celebration, a divorce can be viewed as getting a new lease on life.

Yet despite the increased social acceptance of divorce, some people whose marriages don't last feel a sense of shame and guilt, even when they know logically it's best for them and for their children. Divorce is still often accompanied by embarrassment, but experts say it doesn't mean individuals should look upon themselves as failures or like they're damaged in any way. Indeed, divorce can actually show others how strong a person is to move forward on his or her own since in many cases divorce takes fearlessness.

Divorce is about starting anew and wanting better things and those desires aren't things of which to be ashamed. The end of a marriage does not mean either person is a failure. Experts say overcoming those feelings can be accomplished by the love of family and friends as a positive support system.

A compassionate Missouri attorney may be able to help a client to overcome the negative emotions divorce often brings with it. When a person understands that the process isn't to be feared and that millions have walked on the same path, he or she may have some stress relief. A lawyer can explain the legal aspects of divorce to a client in a way that makes sense, so he or she might not feel isolated.  

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