The financial and emotional pressure of a divorce can take its toll on anyone. Speaking with a trained professional regarding these feelings and emotions can be very helpful in not only your emotional recovery, but may also make you better able to make wise decisions regarding your divorce.
Seek the Emotional Support of a Professional Therapist
A therapist provides an emotional outlet and support that will allow you to me more focused and logical in determining what is best for you and your family when going through the separation process. Having significant feelings of anger, sadness, distrust, etc. can operate to cloud your judgment and lead to you “venting” to your attorney rather than discussing substantive issues in your case. Considering most attorneys charge between $225.00 and $350.00 an hour, it would be more cost efficient to discuss substantive legal issues and strategy, and not how big of a jerk your ex-spouse is.
Will Going To Therapy Hurt My Divorce?
Some people fear going to a therapist may hurt their case, such as would taking such action make them seem “unstable” in a custody proceeding? Therapy does not have the social stigma it once had several years ago. In today’s society, most judges would view going to therapy a healthy and responsible choice. What judges do not like is ignoring significant mental issues. That will have a negative impact on your case.
How Do I Find A Divorce Therapist?
If you need a suggestion for an appropriate therapist, you can consult with your physician or your attorney. Be sure you investigate what kind of coverage is available through your health insurance for mental health treatment. If you find yourself without any type of health insurance, many therapists charge on a sliding scale basis according to your income.
What Are The Qualities Of A Good Divorce Therapist?
A good therapist on your “divorce team” will not only allow you to process your feelings regarding the divorce, but also assist you in strategies with regard to moving forward with your life and your ex-spouse. While some folks do not have to have their ex-spouse in their life, those folks with children in common, or friends/business associates in common may have to continue to interact with their ex-spouse. A therapist can provide necessary coping skills or tips for healthy interaction with your ex-spouse while also being in a position to protect your mental well-being.
Should I Do Marriage Counseling?
If you are considering a separation or your spouse has brought up a potential separation, you may want to consider marriage counseling or individual counseling to see if there are any avenues to explore to repair the marriage. Especially with issues related to communication, information sharing, decision making, and other type of issues, it may be that having an objective counselor to listen to both sides of the story and offer suggestions regarding the problems that are occurring can address those issues before they cause irreparable damage.
What Are The Benefits Of Therapy?
Therapy can be helpful to not only prevent the end of a marriage, but to help those heal after their marriage ends. It is important to be open to the idea of therapy and to getting the help you may need depending on your situation. If you have any questions regarding therapy resources and questions regarding your Raleigh divorce or separation, please contact our office to schedule a consultation. You can also take a look at our top 5 questions to ask a divorce lawyer.
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