Divorce is a very isolating time. Friends may become distant and you become guarded in what you want to share. Yet this is a time when you need support more than ever. I recommend to clients that they set up a Personal Support System: chose your three or four closest friends and confide in them. Choose wisely:
I had a lot of really great friends but the people who I count as my closest confidantes are all single moms. We just know what each other are going through. I can call 24-7 and they’re there for me. That’s been really important.
Julia and her husband were married for seven years and knew each other for much longer since they went to the same high school. Julia says her husband was verbally and emotionally abusive, and controlling and that behavior has lead to many challenges with the parenting of their two children.