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Many Washington couples are currently having serious marital problems. In fact, hundreds of people throughout the state will likely file for divorce by year’s end or shortly thereafter. Others who have already gone through divorce proceedings say they were caught off guard by certain issues and situations that arose. Every relationship is unique but such issues may be more common than expected.

One significant issue is when the person who files for divorce struggles with sadness and/or loneliness after doing so. This is actually quite common. While a spouse may decide that ending a marriage is the best course of action to take in a given set of circumstances, it does not necessarily mean he or she will not mourn the loss of the relationship, even when there were serious problems.

Parents will want to know that children do not always verbally express how they feel about their parents’ divorce. Some are simply too young to do so; however, even older children may not verbalize how they feel but will show emotion through behavior changes. One mother said she had been divorced for five years and thought her kids were doing just fine until she more closely observed their actions and learned they were emotionally struggling.

Other issues that may come as a surprise in divorce include the fact that a final decree does not necessarily equate to the end of all legal problems. Also, some people lose friendships or even family relationships once they end a marriage. A licensed counselor, minister or community program can provide support for emotional challenges and an experienced Washington family law attorney can address all aspects related to legal issues that arise.