Life After Divorce

6 Cathartic And Inspiring Life-After-Divorce Movies

Woman sitting on her sofa using her remote to select a life-after-divorce movie to watch.

It’s time to break out the popcorn (and maybe a box of tissues).

Sometimes you have to take therapy into your own hands – and to the movies. You may not be able to part ways with your shrink just yet, but you also may need a mini-reprieve from the format. That’s where those classic life-after-divorce movies come in. They can be both cathartic and inspiring – and a consoling reminder that you’re not alone.

There’s a reason people still flock to the oldies-but-goodies. Time may be on a fast trajectory, but emotions are timeless, especially when it comes to life-altering experiences like divorce.

If you’re drowning in your own tears or wondering whom to invite to your pity party, grab your remote and fire up your movie app.

Whether you need a big dose of the ha-ha’s or an excuse to emote into a box of tissues, Hollywood has answered the call.

Here are 6 cathartic and inspiring life-after-divorce movies to start your viewing marathon.

  1. First Wives’ Club (1996)

  2. Sometimes a little comedic revenge – at least on screen – is good for the aching soul. And, when it comes to revenge in life-after-divorce movies, no one does it better than Elise (Goldie Hawn),…

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6 Tips For Rebuilding Your Life After Divorce

Woman, who’s struggling with rebuilding her life after divorce, outside with her 3 children.

Yes, you can do this.

Oh, the rollercoaster of it all. The falling in love, the wedding, the children, the disenchantment, the fighting, the falling out of love...the rebuilding life after divorce. 

Remember your first rollercoaster ride? You climbed into your seat, fastened up, and threw your hands into the air and caution to the wind. And then the drop. That gravity vacuum that sucked the wind out of you and left you clinging, screaming, and wondering what you were thinking.

By the time the ride came to a screeching halt, your hair had given up any claim to a good day. And you dizzily walked away, wondering what had just happened.

Ending a marriage can feel a lot like that. You may not even have a firm grasp on how you got here, but suddenly the ride has ended and you’re climbing out.

Rebuilding life after divorce is like walking away from that ride you were so excited to try. Your legs are wobbly, your body almost numb. And your mind is reliving all the drops and loops while trying to process the unusual feelings coursing through your veins.

But somehow you know you will be standing in line for another ride.…

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What It Really Means When You Think, “I Have No Life After Divorce”

Man with his face in his hands thinking I have no life after my divorce.

Not all thoughts are true – no matter how much you believe them.

Living in an unhappy marriage can feel like no life at all. The imprisonment of feeling trapped and seeing no way out can extinguish your vitality and your hope for the future. But even in the worst of experiences that beg for an escape route, divorce isn’t necessarily a panacea. Whether or not you wanted the split, you probably didn’t anticipate thinking, “I have no life after divorce.”

It goes without saying that healing after a divorce is different for everyone. Just as there are so many unique factors and influences that come together in the commitment of marriage, so there are in a divorce. 

Not only are there differences in divorce survival from person to person, but there are gender differences in surviving the consequences of divorce, as well. In general, men tend to eventually recover from the strain of divorce, while women tend to suffer chronically. Long-term differences in income and risk of poverty along with single-parenting set the stage for stark differences in post-divorce happiness.

Depending on factors like the length of the marriage and how it ended, divorce may seem like a step off a cliff into a…

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What To Do If Your Life Is A Mess After Divorce

Man moving out and coming to grips with the fact his life is a mess after divorce.

It’s possible for you to love your life again.

It’s a tricky, devious, exhausting struggle, this whole getting-over-a-relationship thing. And if you have been married, you know there is a lot more at stake than just a romantic hit-and-run. Marriage means you were vested in something bigger than just “two people in love.” So, if your life is a mess after divorce, it’s no wonder. 

Think about what it’s like to pack up and move from a house you have lived in for 10, 20, 30 years. Now imagine the task as an effort to downsize. 

Everything that was once neatly in its place (on cleaning day, anyway) is now...well...everywhere. Essentials, non-essentials, mementos, family heirlooms, favorites-for-no-good-reason. It’s all unearthed, waiting for a decision to be made on its destiny.

Your home is a mess. Your life is a mess. After divorce, this metaphor comes to life in every area of your existence. You don’t feel as if you are “just moving” (or that they are just moving) -- you feel as if you have been foreclosed on.

You have to move out of and move into. You have to divide, negotiate, relinquish. 

You have to explain to the children…

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6 Strategies To Get To The Point Where You Can Truthfully Say, “I Love My Life After Divorce”

Woman sitting outside and laughing as she realizes, “I love my life after divorce!”

Moving forward won’t necessarily be easy, but it is necessary if you want to love your life again.

It’s the end of life as you know it. It marks the influx of unknowns and full-spectrum emotions you may not even recognize, let alone be able to identify. It’s also the beginning of a paradigm shift that can leave you saying, “I love my life after divorce.”

The end of a marriage is hardly the recommended way to rediscover yourself and evolve into a newer and better you. But when divorce does happen, those people parting ways have choices to make. And those choices extend far beyond the division of assets and the determination of custody arrangements. 

At a time when your world has just spun off its axis, making decisions may seem futile, if not impossible. You may feel as if you have landed in a black hole with no vision and no sense of direction. 

But the world around you won’t stop spinning. And it won’t stop expecting you to show up if you are going to be a part of it. 

How you show up, however, can make all the difference between hating your life and saying, “I love…

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