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4 sources of stress during divorce and how to cope with them

On Behalf of | Feb 22, 2024 | Divorce |

Divorce brings significant upheaval, stirring major life changes. Even if divorce seems like the best option, adjusting to these changes can be unsettling.

However, there are steps you can take to navigate these challenges and make the divorce process smoother.

1. Managing financial matters

In California, divorce entails the division of debts and marital assets, such as homes, cars and bank accounts. While the court aims for fairness, it is not always an equal split. Courts consider factors like income, contributions to the marriage and future financial needs.

Divorce can strain finances, particularly regarding money division and support for both you and your children. Crafting a budget and financial plan can help you stay afloat during and after the divorce. Seeking advice from a financial professional can offer valuable assistance.

2. Handling social adjustments

Divorce may strain relationships, leaving you feeling isolated or misunderstood. Staying connected with loved ones and openly discussing your experiences can provide much-needed support and alleviate loneliness. Joining groups or clubs for individuals in similar circumstances can also offer comfort.

3. Adapting to new living arrangements

Post-divorce, whether you relocate or remain in the same home, adjusting to change can be challenging. Moving may entail missing your former neighborhood and friends, while staying put may leave your home feeling empty without your ex-spouse. Regardless, it is a significant adjustment.

If you move, familiarizing yourself with your new neighborhood and engaging in community activities can aid in adaptation. If you stay, consider redecorating or rearranging furniture to create a fresh environment.

4. Coping with emotional turmoil

Divorce triggers a whirlwind of emotions, including sadness, anger and uncertainty about the future. These feelings are normal. Seeking support from friends, family or a therapist can help you navigate these emotions and gain clarity.

Take charge

Understanding the challenges divorce presents allows you to tackle them more effectively and emerge stronger.

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