The end of a union between two people can either come as a relief, or it can be seen as an extremely stressful event. Research has shown that the reason behind divorce often stems from numerous issues in the way partners relate to one another, rather than a specific problem. Whether a partner chooses to leave a marriage or stay, a wide set of emotions are often experienced including feelings of anger, guilt, grief, confusion, fear, shame and anxiety.

When children are involved in the separation process it adds to the stress level and experience of complex emotions. Couples or individuals often seek counselling before divorce to help them decide whether they want to stay in a marriage or leave. Others might seek counselling after divorce for guidance in the transition from married life to being single. Both these goals are addressed in therapy where divorce therapy techniques are applied.