By Martha for DivorcedMoms. About to separate or are recently separated? Here are eleven expectations to demystify the crazy train you are about to board and help you navigate the process. Good luck! You will be so afraid of the unknown that you will reason with yourself that even though you are miserable, you at least are comfortable enough that you can endure your unhappy marriage.
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Preventing Divorce and Reconnecting while Separated
After all the hell you are going through with your spouse, you're probably feeling stressed out, unloved, and definitely unappreciated. What better to take your mind off your misery, and boost your flagging self esteem, than a few dates with someone who is actually interested in you? And, if one of those "dates" leads to a more serious romance, so much the better! Why not start your new life now, rather than wait until you have a stupid piece of paper in your hand that says your divorce is official?
For someone who had never thought about divorce, when I was going through my own I certainly talked about it enough and quickly made up for lost time. To say my divorce consumed me would be an understatement. In every conversation, my vulnerability came through, and — depending on my audience — either bonded with or pushed people away. Be mindful of what you tell others about your ex and your divorce because people are listening and absorbing and, most of all, formulating opinions. If you are talking to your family or friends, they are likely already in your corner and anything you say to them can and will be used against your spouse — even down the road when your relationship may be less antagonistic.