People don’t often realize it, but the fallout from a divorce often lasts long after the case has been settled in court. The amount of time that it takes to get over a divorce is unique to each person and on the circumstances of the marriage and how it unraveled. There are no hard and fast rules regarding how long it takes to get over a divorce, but various factors affect a person’s ability to do so.
Some of the factors affecting a person’s ability to get over the end of a marriage include his or her age, personality and socio-economic status. The younger a person is, for instance, the likelier he or she is to get over the divorce relatively quickly. Those who are on firm financial footing without their spouses tend to recover more quickly as well. Another factor in some cases is the length of the marriage. It is often the case that the longer a couple had been together, the longer it will take for both spouses to get over the breakup.
If both spouses remained faithful to one another during the marriage, their bond is likely very strong, so recovering from the divorce will often take longer. Similarly, if one spouse is completely blindsided by a divorce petition, he or she will probably have a harder time getting over the loss. Other family members may play a part as well. When young children are involved, it tends to be longer and more difficult for a parent to get over a divorce.
New relationships can affect a former spouse’s ability to move on following a divorce. A new relationship may help that person get over the situation more quickly. Seeing the former partner in a new relationship, on the other hand, may make it more difficult for someone to get over the divorce. In most cases, however, whether a couple was together for a few years or for several decades, each can expect it to take at least a few years to get over a divorce and to move on with their lives.