Family and Your Divorce
Going through a divorce can be one of the most painful and costly experiences in a person's life. Once it gets started, you can quickly find your financial and emotional reserves depleted. After your case is done, rebuilding your life can be a challenge in many respects. During this difficult time, having the support of family can be an essential part of getting back on your feet.
At First Look Family Law, Attorney and mediator Karyn Youso has experience helping clients evaluate their circumstances and connect with the right support resources.
Some of us are fortunate enough to have been born into families which we feel will be there for us no matter what happens. Others may not have blood relatives they feel connected to but have created a family by choice through close friendships. Whomever you see as family, these people can be a vital source of support for you both during and after your divorce. Although you may feel that you are burdening others by talking about what is happening or asking for help, people who love you want to be there for you. Don’t hesitate to reach out to those you love and ask for what you need.
Divorce & Changing Family Ties
One adjustment you may have to make is letting go of family relationships with your ex's relatives. Although it may seem unfair, when you leave a marriage, sometimes you have no choice but to relinquish close ties with your ex's side of the family. Unfortunately, this loss can be at a time when you need them the most. Having others to turn to can help, but if your former family was your primary support system, the sense of isolation could be too painful to bear on your own. In this situation, talking with a therapist or support group may help you get your bearings and provide you with the encouragement you need.
If you are going through your divorce as a parent, you have the dual responsibilities of being strong for your kids and finding ways to maintain your emotional balance. This is a time when family support can be what sustains you and provides stability for you and your children. Surrounding yourself with those who have your family’s best interests at heart may help you all have an easier time as you adjust to your new situation.