A recent news story asks whether divorce is easier if children aren't involved. While not having children means the divorcing parties can avoid nasty custody battles or child support issues, it does not necessarily make divorce in Texas any easier. Some people may disagree, though, saying that a divorce without children only requires division of money and property. But those issues are trying enough, and since the circumstances of each divorce are different, people experience the process in different ways.
For Elizabeth Gilbert, author of "Eat, Pray, Love," divorce wasn't easier, even though she had already decided never to have children. Her divorce ended up being costly both emotionally and financially, and she felt pressured to defend the fact that she didn't want kids. Coping with that kind of situation certainly isn't easy.
While not having children when going through a divorce may be seen as a small blessing, the emotions individuals experience because of a marital breakup are still extremely difficult. People who do not have children have their own worries. For instance, divorcing individuals tend to agonize about making the same mistakes that led to the divorce in the first place, except this time in the future and with another person. There are also worries about money and maintaining a particular lifestyle after the divorce proceedings are finished.
While many divorcing couples in Texas won't have to worry about the potentially nasty legal aspects of child custody disputes, there are still serious issues that have to be addressed. Divorce is hard for everyone involved, and regardless of whether they have kids or not, people need help dissolving their marriages in a fair and equitable manner.
Source: Huffington Post, "Is Divorce Easier If You Don't Have Kids?" Vicki Larson, July 11, 2012