When dealing with the emotional turmoil of a divorce, having a strong support network can be important. For many divorcing individuals, their friends make up a significant portion of their support structure.
Who you rely on for emotional support during a divorce can have a significant impact on how the divorce and post-divorce experience as a whole end up going. So, who you have in your support network can be far from inconsequential. Thus, when getting divorced, the decision of which friends to have be a part of one's go-to support structure can be one it is worth giving very careful thought to. There are all different types of friends a person can have, and friends can vary quite a bit in how well-suited they would be for being a strong source of emotional support during a divorce.
Things that may affect how well-suited a friend may be for inclusion in one's divorce support network include:
- How prone they are to being a fair-weather friend.
- Whether they are drawn to drama.
- How they have reacted, friendship-wise, to the divorce.
- Whether the friend is emotionally replenishing or depleting.
Also, when it comes to the friends one has picked for their support structure, it can be important for a person to understand their limitations support-wise.
What do you think are some of the most important traits for a person's divorce support structure to have? What sorts of friendships do you think can be particularly supportive during a divorce?
A person's choices regarding who they turn to for emotional support are not the only choices that can be very impactful in a divorce. So too can choices regarding who to turn to for legal support. Divorce is a legally complex process that has significant implications. Thus, the quality of the legal advice one receives during a divorce can matter greatly. This is among the reasons why having a skilled and experienced divorce attorney's guidance can be of such great importance when divorcing.
Source: The Huffington Post, "Friend or Foe? Sometimes in Divorce You Just Don't Know!," Kira Gould, Oct. 28, 2015