Untying the Knot: A Guide to Divorce in The Sims 4

  • 07-08-2023 |
  • Daniel Johnson

The Sims 4 is a life simulation game, and as in real life, relationships can be complex and challenging. Your Sims can date, marry, have children, and even start a business together. But what happens when the love story turns sour, and your Sims decide to part ways? Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to navigate the stormy waters of divorce in The Sims 4.

Setting the Stage for Breakup

Before your Sims can divorce, the relationship between them must deteriorate significantly. There are various reasons for a Sim to want to end their marriage. They could catch their partner cheating or realize they have conflicting traits. Sometimes, even without player intervention, Sims start to argue constantly, indicating that the relationship is on the rocks and it might be time to think about a divorce.

Inducing Divorce: Not a Simple Affair

Unlike a breakup with a boyfriend or girlfriend, which can be done amicably by choosing the 'Just be Friends' option, divorce is a much messier affair. Sims cannot simply decide to divorce – it requires a certain level of antagonism between the couple. This is where the player steps in, inducing negative interactions to lower the relationship bars. This could be through mean or angry actions, or even by orchestrating an affair. The lower the relationship bars, the higher the chances of the 'Divorce' option appearing under the 'Mean' interaction menu.

Divorce: The Aftermath

Once the 'Divorce' action is chosen, the Sims will separate immediately, and they will both acquire Sad Moodlets. If there are children who witness the divorce, they too will become Sad. As a player, you are then faced with a decision regarding their living arrangements. They could continue to live in the same house or move to separate living quarters.

Life After Divorce: What Next?

Living under the same roof immediately after a divorce may not be the best idea, as the Sims will have resentful sentiments towards each other and can become upset just by being in the same room. However, in time, they could choose to work on their relationship and possibly get back together. Alternatively, they could decide that it's time to move on and find new partners.

In conclusion, divorce in The Sims 4 can be an emotionally turbulent experience for your Sims, but it adds another layer of depth and realism to the game. Remember, the game is all about creating and controlling your own unique stories, and sometimes, those stories involve a little heartbreak.