Why a good support network is crucial when you’re going through a divorce
Not only can the end of your marriage prove difficult, it can also feel terribly lonely. Along with feelings of loss and confusion, those who are newly single may feel like they have nowhere to turn. While divorce can make one feel powerless, it is empowering to seek support and ask for help. Here are some reasons support is crucial, and how to establish it when you are going through a divorce.
Why Do You Need a Support Network?
When you are facing a difficult time in your life, it is helpful to ensure you have a good support network. When you faced challenges while you were married, you probably turned to your spouse for support. During a divorce, your support system becomes a very different situation. You will need to seek help elsewhere.
What Kind of Support Do You Need?
Divorce offers a complex set of challenges making it hard to pin down exactly what you are feeling, let alone figuring out where to turn for help. To ensure you get the support that you need, it is important to first identify what areas feel the most difficult. A good place to start is making a list of everything that has proven challenging. Whether you are struggling emotionally, financially, spiritually, or legally, once you are able to identify your needs, you will find that there are a number of places to turn.
How To Get the Right Support?
Surrounding yourself with the right people can make a positive difference in how you are able to cope with your divorce, both during and after. Reversely, finding yourself among the wrong types of people, or pursuing the wrong resources, can cause more problems than having no support at all.
Be assertive in knowing what you want, and confident when asking for it. Seek out people who offer a kind ear and a shoulder to cry on should you need it. It is also good to find people who inspire you to be calm and sensible, offering advice only when needed.
Who Should I Turn To?
While divorce can feel lonely, it is likely your support group is right under your nose. If you are lucky enough to have good friends and family around you, they can be a great source of support and help through your divorce. However, you may discover that the people in your life may be too close, and not as helpful as you’d think.
When your family isn’t an option, or you are looking for someone further removed from your situation, seeking a divorce coach or relationship counselor might be the right direction for you. Even if your family and friends prove to be a strong network, it is still worth seeking professional help. A counselor or therapist can offer a safe, non-judgmental environment in which you can talk about your situation in confidence.
You don’t have to feel alone. In addition to a solid network of family, friends, and counselors, it is always a good idea to have a knowledgeable attorney on your side to provide advice and guide you through the legal process. Here at The Gucciardo Family Law firm, we strive to make you feel comfortable and confident during your divorce. Call us today!
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