Divorce support groups are invaluable resources for people who are going through hard times after filing for divorce. Divorce is a stressful and traumatic time, not only for separating couples, but particularly for children as well. Whether you are in the process of a divorce or are trying cope with life after splitting from your spouse, a number of different divorce support groups can help you find peace of mind. By speaking with like-minded people, support groups can help you relate to others and gain all the necessary knowledge to deal with the financial burden, disappointment and stress associated with divorce. Ask these questions to help you find the best divorce support group for you.
Can I attend a divorce support group if my divorce isn't final yet?
You can attend a divorce support group whether your divorce is final, you are just separated, or even if you're just considering divorce and you want to get an idea of whether or not the emotional strain will be worth it.
Do I have to give my real name to the group?
In most cases, you don't have to use your name or identification. If you are a private person or you're concerned about what other people may think, you can use a fake name until you feel more comfortable.
Do I have to be legally married to attend a divorce support group?
Generally, there are no rules that state you have to be legally married or legally divorced to join a divorce support group. Common law marriages or other long-term relationships that end can be just as traumatic.
Do they offer childcare or support for my children?
DivorceCare is one organization that offers divorce support groups all over the country. They also run divorce support groups for children. Children are often the most upset when their parents get divorced. Support groups can help them know that it isn't their fault and help them cope.
Who will lead the support group?
Some divorce support groups are run by a pastor or licensed therapist. In some cases, the group will be run by someone who has been through divorce and has been attending the group for a long time. In any case, you will be cared for.
Do I have to pay any money to join a support group?
You will not have to pay any money to join a divorce support group. If you join one through your mental health practice, you may pay to receive care and private counseling, but the group itself will be free.
Where can I find a divorce support group?
You can find a divorce support group in your area through Google. Two great resources are DivorceSource.com and DivorceCare.org.
Can this divorce support group help me find support services?
Nearly every divorce support group has access to support services such as moving services, food banks, and health treatment for you as you transition back into unmarried life. They will also be able to give you the names of recommended therapists to seek private counseling with should you need it.