ABSTRACT

Divorce, like marriage, is as much a complex personal phenomenon as it is a multidimensional social one. Divorce is a drawn-out psychological and social process that occurs over a long period. Although the course each individual divorce takes is unique, there are common factors that justify a generalized approach over the individual situations. The path this common denominator follows is the theme of this chapter. The psychological subjective experiences present throughout the divorce process are analyzed in detail. Divorce is described as a process in which a couple experiences a personal crisis, with unique characterizations and exclusive opportunities for growth and development. This process begins with the first serious and consistent thoughts of divorce, it encompasses the formal proceedings leading to permanent separation, and it ends with the possibility of rebuilding a productive and comfortable life.