Are you thinking about divorcing but afraid to take the first step? Is
the thought of getting a divorce keeping you up at night? Do you get heart
palpitations every time you start googling divorce attorneys? Are you
afraid this is a bad time financially to divorce?
Yes, divorce anxiety is a real thing. As a psychologically-trained medical
professional, mediator and divorce attorney, I can spot divorce anxiety
right away. I often hear and see the symptoms before my clients do.
Why wouldn’t divorce be stressful? There are so many negative emotions
that arise once divorce is a possibility. The decision to divorce is a
big life change. Especially now with so much anxiety related to the economy,
finances, and the rising cost-of living spouses are second guessing whether
now is the right time to divorce.
Having divorce anxiety can be daunting, but so is being trapped in a miserable marriage.
Divorce is often fueled by sadness, anger, fear, and confusion. This is
especially true if you have been married to your partner for many years.
My psychological training and legal experience gives me a unique insight
into the inner emotional workings of a divorcing couple. I like to say
when I work with couples I am not only addressing the head (legal strategy),
but also the heart (emotions) of the divorce process.
Most divorce attorneys’ education and training is to address only
the “legal” part of the divorce process. The legal system
does not educate or encourage divorce attorneys to address the emotional
component of divorce.
For me, divorce is about people, not just lawyers, judges, child support,
property or assets. While getting the best possible legal results for
my clients is first and foremost, helping clients maintain a healthy,
balanced and less stressful divorce journey is equally as important.
Here are some of my suggestions for getting started on your divorce:
There is a lot of planning that goes into a divorce. You’re thinking,
soul searching, researching, and making decisions. In addition to selecting
the right divorce attorney/mediator, couples should also consider working
with a therapist. I find having some of my couples work with a skilled
psychologist, who is often part of my team, helps tremendously with the
Additional emotional support is a great prescription for navigating the
highs and lows of divorce. Therapy can be particularly helpful if one
party is resistant to the divorce. It is also an opportunity for some
spouses to discuss they want a divorce in a therapy session. Having the
therapist as part of this discussion can give a spouse the support they
need to address this difficult subject. This process can help tremendously
to get the divorce ball rolling. As a mediator, in a divorce mediation
session, I can also help a spouse introduce the divorce discussion and
provide the other spouse with the comfort and understanding of the possibility
of handling the divorce amicably, fairly, and cost effectively. This is
all done virtually and is very effective.
- ) Focus
If you have children, focus on them. They are going to need all the support
you can give them. Spend quality time with them. Depending on their age,
explain some of what’s going on, in an age, appropriate manner,
but not all of it.
Remember, they are children. They need to feel safe, secure and loved by
both parents. Don’t speak negatively about your spouse (tempting
though this may be) to your child. Save that behavior for your therapy
or mediation sessions.
- ) Support
In addition to the skilled representation of a divorce attorney/mediator,
and emotional guidance and support of a therapist, surround yourself with
family and friends. The love and support of family and friends is the
best divorce medicine.
When someone is going through a divorce it is very common to become isolated.
This isolation often leads to depression. Don’t isolate yourself!
I know it feels like the easy way out, but it’s also the unhealthy
way out. It’s time to stay strong, and be supported. It’s
not a time to be alone. It’s important for you to give yourself
this gift. Treat yourself well. You still have to come out on the other
side as a whole person.
If you find yourself thinking about divorce, or having anxiety about what
to do, call me. I can help you!
Having a third party to help facilitate a healthy, informative, conversation
about divorce can be an effective first step.
There are cost-effective options we can discuss.
A divorce may cost you more financially if you wait!
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