Considering ending a relationship with the person in Massachusetts with whom you decided to spend your entire life is, of course, never an easy decision. And when dealing with whatever factors propelled them to consider severing the tie in the first place, many people put on blinders and forget to ask important questions behind this big decision.
Getting a Massachusetts divorce after having children is unlikely to be a part of anyone's life plans. However, sometimes relationships become so broken that, child or not, there's no other choice but to call it quits. This situation will undoubtedly affect the kid, but the amount of trauma they'll experience depends, in part, on their age when the Massachusetts divorce occurs.
If one of the reasons why your Massachusetts marriage ended was due to your spouse being a narcissist, you probably hoped that things would get better for you and your children after your divorce. In many ways they might have since your daily life is no longer filled with turmoil. However, many parents who try co-parenting with a narcissistic ex-spouse soon realize it doesn't work any better than being married to them.
It should come as no surprise that a Massachusetts divorce is linked to alcohol (ab)use. Research consistently shows that, compared to married people, divorced people drink more and in more harmful ways (e.g. binge drinking), are more likely to have a lifetime or recent alcohol use disorder (AUD) diagnosis, engage in more alcohol-related risky behaviors, and have higher alcohol-related mortality.
There are several very important differences between a Massachusetts annulment and divorce. First, when the court issues a judgment nullifying a marriage it means that the marriage never existed. When the court issues a judgment of divorce, the parties were still married but their status returns to that of a single person.
Divorcing in Massachusetts may not result in the outcome many would hope for. If you're divorcing, most likely you would rather not be around your ex any more than necessary; yet, because children are shared with an ex, the door must remain open for communication and interaction to meet the children's needs. As much as we might wish to completely close the door on the past, we simply can't in these circumstances.