How do you handle a breakup? In a family law practice, this is a common - and necessary - topic. Family law lawyers handle your emotions just as must as your legal matters. These are inextricable when a family - of any makeup, young or old, children or no children, first marriage or one of many - breaks down. While we are not mental health professionals, we can give you anecdotal advice and tips. Any lawyer who tells you otherwise does not have your best interests - personal and legal - in mind. In addition to consulting with a mental health professional, you should consider the following.
We polled our fellow family law attorneys, friends, family, clients and court officials, and here is what they had to say:
Talk to friends
Talk to family
Think about it as getting through one hour, then one day, then one week, etc.
That is, take things day by day
Join a club
See a therapist
Join a support group
Go out and do something fun
Allow yourself time to grieve, but do not dwell on the loss
Give yourself some "me time" - it is OK to spoil yourself at this time
Go out and be social, but do not find a "hook up" or a "rebound relationship"
Have fun, but do not make major mistakes like heavy drinking or jeopardizing your health
Read a book
Go to a museum
Take long walks
Reconnect with friends you may have "ditched" for the relationship
Get your financial affairs in order
And, as always, consult with a lawyer about any legal ramifications of your breakup. Care to chat? Call Pinnacle Family Law anytime for a complimentary consultation. (248) 305-6484. Offices statewide.