Regardless of whether things ended between you and your former spouse amicably, there may still be changes that are difficult to digest. You may not only have to split up what you built together during your marriage, but you now must also venture into the world on your own as a solo person, instead of as part of a couple. Some people may have a more agonizing time dealing with such a separation than others. It is okay to need extra help when coping with a divorce. Therapy and legal counsel are two viable and reasonable options to assist in getting you through the divorce with less emotional wounds. You likely imagined being with this person for the remainder of your days, and unfortunately, fate had another plan for you.
In the article to follow, we have answered a few common questions people may have about the divorce process, and when it may be time to consider meeting with an attorney.
How do I know whether I should see a therapist or not?
Everyone copes with the loss of a relationship in different ways. Some may cope by increasing their amount of daily self-care, while others turn to friends and family for support. It is recommended that you do not cope through excessive use of alcohol and/or drugs, as this may only be masking the pain temporarily. Signs that you may want to schedule an appointment with a therapist include:
- You have trouble getting out of bed
- You do not have the energy to participate in grooming habits
- You have isolated yourself from friends and family
- You are experiencing extreme anxiety, hopelessness, panic attacks or other related symptoms
- You are having difficulty sleeping or staying asleep
- Your work performance is greatly suffering
- Your loved ones have expressed concerns about your wellbeing
What exactly is divorce mediation?
Divorce mediation is when both spouses attempt to reach a middle ground regarding the divorce agreement, with the help of a mediator. Mediation and/or therapy can also be a resource for couples who are considering divorce due to a disagreement and want to see if a solution is possible before continuing.
What if my former spouse is being difficult during the divorce process?
If your soon to be former significant other is being hostile, resentful, avoidant or otherwise difficult during the divorce process, you may want to meet with an attorney if you have not already. An attorney can offer advice about how to handle things if your former spouse is being thoughtless or reckless in response to the separation.
When should I start looking around for lawyers to represent me?
It is never too soon to start meeting with a divorce lawyer who can offer words of wisdom and legal guidance during every step in the divorce process. There are various steps that must be accomplished before the divorce can be finalized. Having a professional to support you and have your best interest at heart, can help make things run much more smoothly than if you battled it independently.