There are many emotions surrounding divorce. You may be excited and ready to start on your next chapter, or you may be upset and worried about the future.
No matter your situation, your loved ones are an essential part of your support team. They are the people you will count on to get through the time it takes to get through your divorce and start moving in a new direction.
Here’s what you should know about telling your family and friends about your divorce.
Start with a small circle
One of the unfortunate aspects of divorce is not knowing whom you can trust, both with confidential information and with sensitive responses. When going through the divorce process, you should only share the details of your divorce with your closest family and friends.
Sometimes, a loved one, even one who means well, tries to stay neutral and share information between parties. If the divorce becomes complex, some information can complicate the process. Regardless of the current feelings between you and your ex, you should keep your circle small until you get further in the process.
Avoid social media
Social media is a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, you can update many people about your life at one time; on the other hand, the information you put on social media is, essentially, permanent and public.
While you may have settings restricting who can see your posts, someone can still screenshot your post and share it with more people, including your ex. Posts on social media, sometimes even posts not about your divorce, can make the process more difficult.
As you mentally and emotionally process your divorce, it might be an ideal time to take a break from social media. In some cases, seeing other people in different phases can be challenging while you wrestle with divorce.