How to tell your family you’re getting a divorce

Even if your loved ones see it coming, telling them that you're finally moving forward with the divorce process can be a challenge. You want to get it out in the open, all the while ensuring that you don't do anything to make your situation worse.

Here are a few things you can do when telling your family you're getting a divorce:

  • Write it out: Rather than hope you find the right words at the right time, write down what you want to say to your family.
  • Use a different script for different people: The way you tell your parents about your divorce may not be the same as the way you break it to your siblings. Take a unique approach with everyone to ensure that you have the most meaningful conversation possible.
  • Think twice about social media: In today's world, it's easy to use social media to connect with a large number of people quickly. However, since divorce is such an intimate process, think twice about using social media to tell others.
  • Find the support you need: The primary goal of telling your family about your divorce is to obtain the support you need to get through this challenging time. Don't hesitate to lean on your loved ones.

It's never easy to ask your spouse for a divorce. The same holds true when it comes time to tell your family that you're moving down this path.

Once you have everything out in the open, you can turn your attention to the divorce process and the steps you can take to protect your legal rights.

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