Why empty nest syndrome sometimes leads to divorce
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Why empty nest syndrome sometimes leads to divorce

On Behalf of | Sep 20, 2021 | Divorce

It can be difficult for parents in North Carolina to deal with “empty nest syndrome,” or that period of time right after grown children leave the house. During this time, parents are going through a transition from a life that’s all about the kids to a life alone with their spouse. For some parents, this transition can be so difficult that it leads to divorce.

Parents may have neglected the marriage

Some parents complain about not getting enough alone time while their kids are growing up. When the kids finally leave the house, though, these same parents may find that they have grown apart or changed during the course of their marriage. If parents neglected their marriage while they were raising kids, they might start thinking about filing for divorce once the kids leave the house.

Some parents get depressed

Depression can cause problems in any marriage, and some parents sink into a depression because of empty nest syndrome. If one parent is feeling relieved and happy about the kids growing up while the other parent is sad about it, this difference in mood can lead to conflict. The depression that can accompany empty nest syndrome may also bring up some negative feelings and resentments that the parents were keeping inside.

Divorce may be inevitable

While many marriages can recover from empty nest syndrome, some can’t. Divorce is sometimes the best option if parents can’t love each other and cohabitate peacefully. The good news is that with children already grown, child custody issues won’t be involved in the breakup, but divorce will still have its own challenges for parents of adult children.