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How to tell your family about your divorce

If you decide to divorce, it goes without saying that you and your spouse will have knowledge of the situation and what's to come. However, there will come a point when you need to share the news with other members of your family, such as your parents and siblings.

Even if you're close with your family, telling them about your divorce is easier said than done. Here are some tips that can ease the stress:

  • Choose the right time and place: You know you'll be emotional, so choose a private setting at which you can talk about your divorce and what's to come. Also, leave enough time in your schedule so you don't have to rush the conversation.
  • Don't hide your emotions: Many people try to bottle up their emotions as they don't want to burden their family and/or look weak. This is a mistake, as your loved ones are available to help you. Don't be afraid to wear your emotions on your sleeve.
  • Accept help: Your family is likely to offer help once you tell them about your divorce. If you need it, don't be shy about accepting it. Sometimes, a little bit of help is all you need to make it through a difficult and often time-consuming divorce.

The last thing you want to do is hide your divorce from your family. This will only add more stress to your life while also complicating your relationships in the future.

Once your family knows about your divorce, you'll feel better about moving through the process in a detailed and efficient manner.

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