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Building the best possible divorce support team

Texas residents who are considering divorce should take some time to think about their existing and potential support network. Divorce can be a tumultuous time, and there will be a great many demands placed on an individual as the process moves forward. Having the right people to provide emotional, practical and advisory support is critical to making this a manageable period of one's life. Choosing the wrong team members can have an equally powerful negative impact.

One of the most important things to look for in a divorce team member is a solid base of support. Seek out those friends or family members who are there through thick and thin, and who can be counted on to provide a shoulder to cry on, advice on how to pack the china and the phone number of a good therapist, if need be. These are the people who refrain from judging others and who can be trusted to overlook the occasional bout of irrationality.

This leads into another personality trait that makes someone a good divorce team member: the ability to act as the voice of reason. During this time in life, it is essential to surround oneself with people who can de-escalate a situation and help one refocus on the primary goal. They may not always tell someone what he or she wants to hear, but they can be relied upon to provide an objective view on any subject, including divorce issues.

Building a strong emotional support team can make it much easier to move through the process of divorce. By establishing a base of reliable friends and family, Texas spouses can turn their attention to the legal aspects of their divorce and work through the available options with their chosen divorce attorney. This approach also avoids turning to one's attorney for needs that would be better met elsewhere, which can save a great deal of money on legal fees.

Source: The Huffington Post, "In a Divorce, Who Is in Your Circle of Influences?", Stacy D. Phillips, Jan. 15, 2016

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