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What Role Does Emotional Support Play in the Divorce Transition?

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The emotional toll brought on by divorce is not something that can be prepared for, especially when the news of the split is sudden. While some couples experience a gradual, slow decline in the quality of their marriage, others are thrust into the turmoil with little warning, which can make it difficult to remain calm and focus on healing and moving forward. Divorce, like many other losses in life, prompts a grieving process that requires time, patience, and ample support both financially and emotionally to promote a healthy quality of life after the split.

Knowing When to Reach Out

Everyone has their limit when it comes to the amount of emotional distress they can handle, but studies show that a majority of individuals—adults and children alike—tend to experience a host of common behavioral changes when having difficulty coping with divorce. Any noticeable changes in eating and sleeping patterns, as well as mood fluctuations, including increased agitation, aggression, or sudden isolation, all indicate trouble adjusting to transition stressors. If you or your children are restless, sleeping too much, experiencing loss of appetite, or are beginning to withdraw from friends and family, it may be time to turn to those you trust for help and consider meeting with a therapist who is knowledgeable in the areas you are struggling with.

What Studies Suggest About the Power of Emotional Support 

Research reported by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health shows that the lower the level of social support children experience, the higher their stress levels tend to be, and consequently, an increase in adjustment problems follows. The study also showed that for children with very high levels of stress from divorce, fewer adjustment problems were reported when an increased level of support was present from both family and non-family members. 

When it comes to coping with the stress of divorce as an adult, experts from Psychology Today say that asking for all kinds of help and allowing that help into your life can be an excellent coping skill. This also includes drawing upon your resources to collect the information you need. Whether you have specific legal questions, anxiety over financial transitions, or what needs to be done to secure your belongings throughout the split, experts say that asking questions to arm yourself with information can help you feel more empowered. These are just a few of the many ways support of all kinds can help you cope and bounce back from the end of your marriage.

Ready to Ask for Help?

Without a doubt, a divorce is one of the most stressful life events most people ever experience, even under amicable circumstances. It is in the best interest of your entire family’s well-being to recognize when the burden has become just too big to bear on your own. Asking for help by reaching out to your emotional support network can work miracles in terms of your coping abilities throughout the process. 

Call a Warrenville Divorce Lawyer

Working alongside a competent Kane County family law attorney in tandem with a mental health professional and your personal support system can equip you with the tools you need to move forward and to succeed in post-divorce life. Call The Law Office of Christina Martell today at 630-717-2772 to address your divorce head-on and any other legal matters you may be facing. We offer consultations for $100, which will be credited toward your bill moving forward upon hiring our firm.

 

Sources:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2610205
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/contemplating-divorce/201207/where-are-you-the-divorce-stress-scale
http://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/separation_and_divorce/

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