If you are ending your marriage, it is natural to feel lost and possibly alone. However, you do not need to navigate the legal process or other aspects of divorce by yourself. You can build a team of people uniquely positioned to support and help you get through this time.
So, who should you have on your team?
Whether your split is amicable or not, a lawyer can help you tackle the legal aspects of it and pursue fair resolutions. Further, legal professionals can inform you of your rights and responsibilities, helping you make informed decisions about your future.
Counsellors or therapists
Divorce is a very emotional process that can take a toll on people’s mental health. Understanding and managing this with the help of a counsellor or therapist can help you protect yourself. These parties can provide an outlet for you and help you develop healthy coping strategies.
Child professionals and advocates
If you have children, you should have people on your team focused on protecting them. This might include counsellors and your lawyer who understand and prioritize your child’s best interests. You can also talk to your child’s teachers and coaches to ensure they know what your child is going through and can be there for your child.
Your friends and family
You may not have the same relationships with friends and family when you and your spouse split, but you can lean on the people who love you during a difficult time. They can help with things like providing emotional support, helping you move and even providing childcare.
Promoters of healthy habits
During challenging times, it is easy to develop some unhealthy habits, like drinking too much or neglecting your physical health. Spending time with people who can help you prioritize good habits can help you avoid these. Trainers, nutrition coaches, sponsors and people who enjoy the same hobbies that you do can help you now and in your next chapter.
You and your partner may not be a team anymore, but you can build a new team of your own. These five types of people can all prove to be good teammates.