Ending a long term relationship (whether legally married or not) can be devastating. Whether you were the one petitioning for divorce, or were suddenly thrust into singlehood by no choice of your own, the emotional impact of divorce can be one of the most difficult things a person can encounter in life. Not only does divorce or relationship termination cost individuals from a financial standpoint, it also affects business. Some studies suggest that relationship-related stress costs employers about $300 billion annually. It is thought to affect an employee’s productivity and workplace effectiveness for 3-5 years.* In addition to the financial upset one experiences after a relationship ends, the emotional impact can be staggering. Many are surprised to find that going through a divorce involves a complicated grieving process, similar to the death of a loved one, with overlapping stages of denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.
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