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How to tell your family you’re divorcing your spouse

Once you know that you’re on the path to divorce, it’s a good idea to form a support group. But before you can lean on the people in your support group, you must tell them what’s happening.

How do you break the news about the divorce?

There’s no easy way to tell your family, such as your siblings and parents, that you’re divorcing your spouse. However, there are simple steps you can take to ease the tension.

  • Open up: If you’re going to tell your family about your divorce, you might as well be as open and honest as possible. You don’t have to share everything, but don’t hold back. 
  • Be upfront about the type of help you need: For example, if you’re unsure of how to tackle the divorce process, ask if they can provide guidance. Or if you need help watching your children during this time, set a schedule. 
  • Focus on the future: As you talk about your pending divorce, let your family know that you’re looking forward to your new future. Talk to them about what you want to accomplish and how they can help you move in this direction.

You don’t have to rush to tell your family about your divorce. This is particularly true if you’re still unsure of if you’ll move forward with the process. 

Don’t overlook the value of help during your divorce

Once you’ve discussed divorce with your spouse and are 100 percent sure that it’s time to move on from your marriage, reach out to your closest family members. Once you do this, you’ll feel better about your situation and the ability to tackle everything divorce will throw at you.