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How To Handle Divorce: Recognize Sunk Cost

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In economics, a sunk cost is past investment that has already been paid and cannot be recovered. Unfortunately, in an attempt to derive value from poor investments we often try to justify or invest further despite it not being in our best interests. It's why we pour needless money into poor purchases of cars or homes that require constant repairs. It's why we cancel better plans and drag ourselves to a restaurant we didn't want to go to because we bought a Groupon. But the same principle also tends to keep us in relationships (and even more so marriages) that aren't working out -- because we've put so much time and emotional resources into them.

If you are facing or already underwent a divorce, it will be natural to struggle with this concept. The sooner, however, you can recognize your marriage as a sunk cost, the sooner you can move on. If possible, try not to look at your marriage in terms of the time that you lost. If things weren't working out and you made the decision to end it, you made the right decision, as difficult as it may have been.

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