Tips for Divorcing Your High School Sweetheart

Marrying your high school sweetheart sounds like a romantic fairytale. You’ve shared so many firsts: your first steps into adulthood, your first home, and maybe even your first kiss. Unfortunately, the reality isn’t quite as idyllic. The divorce rate for high school sweethearts is 54 percent during the first ten years of marriage.

This high divorce rate isn’t entirely surprising. Neither of you is the same person that you were in high school. You’ve both grown, gained more life experience, and changed over time. But your respective changes are not always compatible.

If you are divorcing your high school sweetheart, you will face special emotional challenges. Here’s how to get through this challenging time.

Rally support

One of the most difficult aspects of divorcing your childhood sweetheart is feeling a sense of isolation. You’ve probably been with your ex for part of your childhood and all of your adult life. Upon divorce, you must figure out how to be an adult on your own for the first time. But you don’t have to be all alone. Developing a strong support system at the outset can make the other aspects of divorce a little easier. Keep communication lines with supportive friends and family members open. Join a divorce support group, whether online or in-person, to discuss common issues, learn from the experiences of others, and feel a sense of community.

Don’t Beat Yourself Up

Many people who married their childhood sweetheart have to face unhelpful comments from people who “knew” that they were too young/too immature/too inexperienced to marry. However, remember that marriages can dissolve at any age for various reasons. Look forward, not back.

Rediscover Your Happiness

When you’ve only been with one person for a long time, the idea of entering another relationship may be intimidating. You will start another relationship when you feel ready, but in the meantime, try to discover what makes this new you happy. Is there something you wanted to learn or achieve that your marriage inhibited for some reason? What kind of self-care would make you feel pampered and healthy? Now’s the perfect time to learn to be your own best friend.

Tenn And Tenn, P.A., Family Law Attorneys

If you’ve divorcing your childhood sweetheart, you need experienced and compassionate legal counsel. Contact the experienced attorneys at Tenn And Tenn, P.A. We help families all over the state move on with their life: Manchester, Concord, Nashua, Bedford, Derry, and beyond. Call 1-888-511-1010 for a consultation today, or reach out online.

Related Posts
  • Five Tips for Your First Thanksgiving as a Split Family Read More
  • Can You Get Divorced but Still Share a House or Another Major Asset in New Hampshire? Read More
  • Four Social Media Mistakes that Can Wreck a Marriage Read More
Why Choose Tenn And Tenn Let Our Family Help Your Family
  • A Family Firm

    We are a family committed to providing excellent service to our clients.

  • Statewide Service
    We work hard to obtain the best results possible for clients throughout New Hampshire.
  • Trial-Tested Attorneys
    Our lawyers are experienced courtroom advocates who are ready to take your case to trial to obtain justice.
Free Injury Consultations Available Contact Us Today

Whether you have questions or you’re ready to get started, our award-winning legal team is ready to help. Complete our form below or call us at (888) 332-5855.

  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.
  • By submitting, you agree to be contacted about your request & other information using automated technology. Message frequency varies. Msg & data rates may apply. Text STOP to cancel. Acceptable Use Policy

Please do not include any confidential or sensitive information in a contact form, text message, or voicemail. The contact form sends information by non-encrypted email, which is not secure. Submitting a contact form, sending a text message, making a phone call, or leaving a voicemail does not create an attorney-client relationship.