Bridget Leschinsky

30 July 2023

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Empower Your Journey: When Contemplating Divorce

Not all troubled marriages end in divorce. According to the CDC, the national average divorce and annulment rate in 2021 saw a significant decline at approximately 2.5 people per 1,000, compared to the rate of 4 people per 1,000 in 2001. However, it’s evident that some marriages do not last. We will explore ways to empower your journey when contemplating divorce, and set you on a path that aligns with your personal needs and relationship dynamics. Understanding the common causes of divorce can shed light on the issues many couples face and provide insight to make informed decisions during this difficult time.

Exploring the Common Reasons for Divorce:

Communication issues, financial conflicts, lack of intimacy, and infidelity are some of the leading causes of divorce. Additionally, substance abuse, domestic violence, growing apart, parenting conflicts, and unrealistic expectations can also contribute to the breakdown of a marriage. It’s essential to engage in serious introspection when couples notice that they are growing apart and losing the shared interests and connection they once had. If your relationship is struggling, what can you do?

Seek Professional Help: Empowerment through Guidance

When contemplating divorce, seeking professional support can be transformative. A certified divorce coach, in particular, offers invaluable assistance during this challenging time. As an unbiased professional, a divorce coach helps you gain clarity about your situation, navigate emotional complexities, and make well-informed decisions that align with your long-term goals. They assist in setting realistic objectives, honing communication skills, and providing guidance on co-parenting strategies when children are involved. A divorce coach can empower your journey when contemplating divorce.

While a certified divorce coach cannot give legal advice, they can help you understand the landscape of divorce and offer referrals for collaborating with other professionals who can help your unique situation. The ultimate objective is to empower you so that you can face challenges in the relationship, or out of the relationship, with self-assurance and resilience.

Reflection: A Key to Informed Decision-Making

Divorce is a major life decision, and making hasty decisions can have lasting consequences. It’s important to engage in self-exploration, assessing your emotions, concerns, and the potential impact on both you and your partner are crucial aspects of the reflection process. If children are involved, their well-being and the best co-parenting approach become focal points. Empower your journey by constructively expressing your emotions and avoid impulsive decisions driven by feelings.

Considering the Consequences: Awareness and Preparation

Divorce should be carefully considered with an understanding of the consequences. Consider how your emotional well-being, financial situation, and social connections will be affected if you stay together or move forward separately. Understanding the full scope of the implications will empower your journey and help make more informed decisions, whatever direction that takes you.

Exploring Alternatives: A Path to Clarity

Divorce is not the only option, and considering alternatives such as separation or trial separation can provide valuable insights. Evaluate the possibility of reconciliation or relationship rebuilding. Exploring these options allows you to make well-informed decisions.

Maintaining Respect and Empathy: Collaborative Approach

Respect and empathy for each other’s feelings and perspectives are critical throughout the evaluation process. Shaming and blaming only hurt productive conversations, whereas working together can help strengthen the relationship or eases the transition of uncoupling.

Prioritizing Self-Care: Nurturing Your Well-Being

Whatever you decide to do with the relationship, this is an emotionally taxing time. Prioritize yourself and focus on self-care. Seek support from friends, family, or support groups to cope with stress and emotional difficulties. Prioritize your emotional, physical, and mental well-being will empower your journey.

Contemplating divorce is an emotional journey, but understanding common reasons for divorce and seeking professional support can empower your journey. Reflect on your feelings, assess the consequences, and explore alternatives for a well-considered choice. Regardless of your decision, maintaining respect, empathy, and self-care empower you to navigate challenges with resilience and strength. Seeking guidance during this time cultivates personal growth and opens the door to a brighter future. Remember, you have the power to shape your journey through contemplation and understanding.

Take advantage of a FREE 30 minute discovery session with The Bridging Coach to ask questions and get help.

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Bridget Leschinsky is a CDC Certified Divorce Coach®

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