How to Prepare Emotionally for a Divorce

by Sarra Jackson

Going through a divorce can be a very emotional time. You will probably be experiencing various types of emotions and aren't sure how to handle the stress. Having a support system is the best way to be able to keep your emotions steady when going through a divorce.

How to Prepare Emotionally for a Divorce

Although this may not always be an option, remaining civil with your ex spouse can make the divorce process go by much smoother. Try and avoid any arguments and remain polite with them. The two of you will be more willing to work with each other if you are able to talk things out instead of arguing.

Start to write in a journal. This can help you realize what exactly it is your feeling, and is a way to get emotions out of your system in a healthy manner.

There are divorce support groups available, and could help you find others that are going through the same issues as you. A support group may give you other ideas on how to handle situations that you may not have thought of on your own. You may also get good advice on how to move on and have a happy live post divorce from people who have gone through the same process.

Call a friend or family member and talk to them about how you're doing. This will help you realize that people still love and care about you. Having somebody listen is important when you feel lonely, angry, confused, or sad.

Start visiting a therapist or counselor. They will be trained in how to handle emotions involved with divorce and can give you activities to help you through the divorce process.

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Items you will need

  • Friends
  • Family
  • Notebook


  • Always avoid talking to your children about the divorce. They are going through a tough time as well and will need your support.
  • Don't use your lawyer as a therapist. They are not properly trained in that area, and it may hurt your divorce case.

About the Author

Sarra Jackson majored in Gerontology at the University of North Texas. She has been freelance writing since 2006. In addition to writing for Demand Studios, she writes for several other online websites and individuals covering multiple topics. Many of Jackson's articles pertain to real estate, family living, animals, and early childhood education.