Emotional Stages of Divorce

Posted by Erin Birt | Nov 21, 2010 | 0 Comments

Similar to the grieving process, there are emotional stages that a person will go through upon learning that their marriage is over. This post will focus on the Emotional Stages of Divorce.

The team members of your divorce can help you as you work through the following stages:

  1. Shock and disbelief;
  2. Initial adjustment;
  3. Active reorganization;
  4. Life reformation.

Each person moves through the above stages at their own pace. Some individuals move through each stage 1-4 and some individuals may move forward and backward through the stages.  While there is no way to accurately label what stage a person is in, it is important to be familiar with the stages of divorce as it can influence the ability to negotiate a divorce settlement.

A divorce coach, mental health professional, and lawyer can help you identify and move through the stages.  Such skills wills help you to develop a plan for how to move forward appropriately in the divorce based on which stage can be attributed to you or your spouse.

Our firm has a referral network and matches up our clients with the best professionals to help them achieve the best divorce outcomes possible all while addressing the various Emotional Stages of Divorce.

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About the Author

Erin Birt

Since 2003, Erin N. Birt, J.D., CADC has focused her practice on parenting time, divorce, mediation, and substance abuse issues. Ms. Birt's unique background in both family law and addictions counseling help her clients successfully navigate the complex issues of coparenting and divorce. Ms. Birt also devotes her time to presenting at continuing education seminars for attorneys, mediators, and counselors.


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