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Surprised by your spouse’s filing? you are not alone

On Behalf of | Mar 28, 2024 | blog, Divorce |

Life can throw curveballs your way when you least expect it and sometimes a spouse filing for divorce can come out of nowhere. While most couples who are having problems know they are heading toward divorce, sometimes their spouse’s filing can truly surprise a party.

It is normal for you to feel a full range of emotions. From anger, sadness, fear, and uncertainty. Every one of those emotions is valid. However, it is critical to remember that feelings are not necessarily the way things are and emotions pass, just like waves. You will make it through this.

Take a breath and process

First, take a deep breath. It is totally normal to feel your world has been turned upside down. Give yourself permission to feel your feelings and seek emotional support from friends, family and professionals, which can truly make a significant difference in your ability to cope and in your healing.

Reach out for support

Once you are processing the emotional aspect, it is critical to seek help on the legal side of things. You will need an attorney and perhaps other professionals who can support you so you do not have to go through this alone.

Divorce is no walk in the park, and it is perfectly acceptable to admit you need extra help to navigate this tough terrain. Divorce attorneys, or family law attorneys, are there for exactly that. They will show you the path ahead, explain the process, and support you through each stage.

Focus on self-care

In the midst of divorce chaos, you may not think of yourself as a priority, but you are. Set aside some time each day to do something you enjoy and try to stay as positive as you can.

Think of the things you will do after the divorce, perhaps things that you stopped doing when you married, to create a sense of hope and give you something to look forward to.

You have this!

Divorce might feel like the end of the world, but trust us, it is not. You are stronger and braver than you believe, and many people have survived this exact situation before you.

Some cases are more difficult than others, depending on a variety of factors, so stay in touch with your attorney to make sure you are always following the straight line, which will give you the best chance at a favorable outcome.