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How Can Empty Nest Syndrome Lead to a Divorce in Illinois?

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St. Charles divorce attorney“Empty nest syndrome” is a phenomenon characterized by feelings of grief or loneliness that affects parents whose children have grown up and left the family home. This can occur when children leave to go to college, get married, or just move out on their own. For some parents, the experience of letting go can be bittersweet and difficult to process. Although a normal part of life, it can put a significant strain on the parents’ marriage. In some cases, it can make or break a relationship. Some partners who are not distracted may find that they have nothing in common after so many years together. Many unhappy couples stay together because they believe it is better for their kids. Once the children leave the nest, they may be ready to part ways themselves by filing for divorce

Factors That Can Destroy a Relationship

Empty nest syndrome can expose problems within the marriage that may have always been there. In some cases, a couple was so busy with working and child-rearing that they failed to address any of their own marital issues. In other cases, problems begin surfacing for the first time. 

Regardless, empty nest syndrome can leave some spouses with a profound sense of loss that might affect them negatively. They may try to “replace” their children with items or activities. 

The transition can even make them susceptible to certain conditions or behaviors, such as: 

  • Depression
  • Alcoholism or drug use
  • Extramarital affairs
  • Wasteful or extravagant spending
  • Hoarding 
  • Gambling binges or addictions 

This stage in life is also commonly associated with what is often referred to as a “mid-life crisis.” As a person approaches middle age, he or she may realize that his or her hopes and dreams never came to fruition. This can make a spouse resent his or her spouse for various reasons. If one parent feels like he or she sacrificed a career to raise the children, and feelings of bitterness toward the other parent may be brought to the forefront. Some couples may be able to work out their differences through counseling, but for many, it might be too little, too late.     

Contact a Geneva Divorce Lawyer

The decision to divorce is not something to take lightly. Ending your marriage at any age can be devastating, but those who divorce later in life may face unique challenges. It is important to consider how it will affect you emotionally and financially. The Law Offices of Benedict Schwarz, II PC have more than 50 years of combined experience assisting clients with their divorce proceedings. Our qualified Algonquin family law attorneys will treat you with respect and dignity while explaining all of your options. We will do everything in our power to ensure you receive a fair settlement. Call our office today at 630-200-4882 to schedule a free consultation.

 

Sources:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs5.asp?ActID=2086&ChapterID=59

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/empty-nest-syndrome/art-20047165

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