For most people, life returns to some sort of normalcy within a few years. People get over the acute grieving process, and depression, hostility, and regret subside. People adapt to the new routines of child custody and build new relationships with new partners. However, lingering feelings of hostility and of difficulty accepting the end of the relationship may persist even five to ten years after the end of the marriage. A small percentage of divorced people may harbor strong negative feelings, such as anger, depression, and regret even more than a decade later.
Next to a death in the family, divorce is one of the most traumatic of life events. Steps should be taken to minimize the stress and emotional pain that accompanies the end of a marriage (iStock).