West Virginia has some beautiful scenery; rivers, mountains and more. While marvelous to encounter when the view is what you seek, those same vistas can be scary in unexpected circumstances. They can be faced and overcome, but most experts would urge against trying to do that alone.
In this blog post, we want to offer the view that the same holds true when it comes to couples facing divorce. Divorce is very much part of the fabric of everyday life today, but that does not mean it is easy. Just the thought of divorce can trigger extreme emotions. Add tensions that can arise while addressing individual family issues and it's easy to begin feeling like you are alone against Spruce Mountain.
Divorce is not a solo endeavor, however. Like nearly all major life moments, divorce forces change on you and your loved ones. There is a need for everyone to adapt. At the same time, you need to make sure you are complying with requirements of the law. And so, we submit that one of the first members to enlist help from is an attorney seasoned in family law practice and committed to protecting your rights and interests throughout the complex legal processes.
To address the broader emotional triggers associated with the dissolution of marriage, many experts recommend joining a support group. They are out there, often under the aegis of a local community or church. Some might deal with specific issues such as single parenting or financial troubles, others may provide a space in which participants can share stories across the broader divorce difficulties.
The specific benefits of divorce-focused support groups touted by proponents are:
- The assurance that you are among others who have been where you are
- A sense of confidence that you won't be judged, which can help in your healing process
- Exposure to helpful information you might not find otherwise
- Learning that emotional upheaval in divorce is normal
In addition to meeting what many might call such intangible needs, support groups can also provide a means for creating a support system of new friends, apart from those who knew you and your ex-spouse previously, who can help you in the next chapter of your life.