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Divorce can be especially tough on men emotionally

The dissolution of a marriage can be not only financially but also emotionally difficult on both of the spouses going through it. However, research shows that divorce can be especially tough on men. Here are a couple of reasons why men in Pennsylvania and elsewhere may have a hard time navigating the divorce process.

A study recently indicated that men who are divorced are more vulnerable to strokes, heart disease and high blood pressure when compared with married men. In addition, divorced men have a 39 percent greater chance of taking part in risky behavior or even committing suicide. A major reason for this is that men often lose their identities while going through divorce, which, in turn, may cause them to lose their confidence.

Another reason that men frequently have a hard time with divorce is that their parental instincts are challenged. It is natural for men to want to be providers. However, they may stay out of their children's lives if they feel shameful or distraught about the impacts of their divorces on their children. For this reason, it is beneficial for divorcing men to maintain relationships with the children, which will give them a sense of belonging.

Divorce generally is not an easy process, but two spouses can make it easier by striving to resolve their divorce issues outside of court rather than turning to traditional litigation. For instance, they can take advantage of the alternative dispute resolution process of mediation or informal negotiations. In any of these scenarios, an attorney can provide a divorcing spouse with the guidance he or she needs to pursue the best outcome possible given the circumstances surrounding his or her divorce in Pennsylvania.

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