Seeking Clarity and Confidence in the Divorce Decision-Making Process

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Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, ISSN: 1050-2556, Vol: 58, Issue: 2, Page: 83-95

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Steven M. Harris; Sarah A. Crabtree; Natasha K. Bell; Sarah M. Allen; Kelly M. Roberts
Informa UK Limited
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There is a well-established literature dedicated to why couples divorce, transitions associated with divorce, and the impact of divorce on families. However, little is known about the divorce decision-making process. We conducted in-depth interviews with individuals who have recently considered divorce (n = 30) and asked specifically about the roles of 2 concepts in their decision-making process: clarity and confidence. Three major themes emerged from the data: (a) Clarity about a decision to divorce or stay married is desired, it fluctuates, and takes time to find; (b) pivotal moments can bring clarity; and (c) confidence (in the final decision) is desired. Clinical implications and directions for future research are discussed.