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The Value of Emotional Support during Divorce

Image of woman in a counseling session representing the importance of emotional support through divorce.

Divorce is a major life-altering event. It can be difficult and far-reaching, with the potential to impact all aspects of a person’s life — financially, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Everyone copes with divorce in different ways. If you were the spouse that left the marriage, you could be faced with feelings of shame, guilt or regret. However, if your spouse left you, your feelings could involve abandonment, betrayal, or anger. Divorces are further complicated when children are involved, and you may find yourself wondering what and how much to share with them. These feelings can paralyze you and make it extremely difficult to cope with everyday life.

To move forward with your life in a positive manner, it is crucial to recognize the distress associated with divorce you may be encountering and constructively deal with it. While family and friends are beneficial sources of support to have, they do not have the skills or objectivity that a licensed professional therapist may have, nor are they bound by any rules of confidentiality.

Licensed professional therapists are able to provide you with a safe place to express your feelings while offering invaluable advice and guidance to help you cope with the loss of a marriage. They understand the issues associated with divorce and are able to provide practical solutions so you can begin rebuilding your life. Although finances may be uncertain in the midst of a divorce, therapy should not be overlooked during the most critical times in your and/or your children’s life. There are also numerous options available, including counseling with religious or spiritual advisors and/or support groups.

At Tharrington Smith, the team of family law attorneys recognize that divorce is tough. We understand you are faced with important decisions that have a potentially long-lasting impact on your life and the lives of your children. Often those decisions occur in the framework of simply trying to “hold it together.” If you are struggling emotionally, we encourage you to seek the assistance of a professional for your emotional and mental well-being. Our team of attorneys is committed to ensuring that all your needs are met with experience, knowledge and sensitivity. We know that once you feel emotionally secure, the divorce process becomes much easier by allowing you the focus needed to make balanced and logical decisions.

This article is intended for informational purposes only and is not to be considered legal advice. This article reflects the opinions of the author based on North Carolina law in effect at the time of posting.

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