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Discussing your divorce with relatives

Making the decision to end a marriage can be especially tough for some people. Aside from potential areas of concern someone may have with respect to their marital partner and children, there are other reasons why people may feel as if they simply cannot split up with their spouse. For example, someone may feel pressured to stay in a toxic marriage because their relatives believe that it is unacceptable for them to split up. However, nobody should feel forced to stay married to someone they do not want to be with. In some instances, discussing these issues with loved ones can help.

Some people have a very hard time opening up with other family members about their plans to file for a divorce. They may worry about how others will react and fear that they will be judged for deciding to end their marriage. However, there may be ways that people can address these negative (and sometimes unwarranted) concerns, such as having conversations with relatives.

In other instances, someone may want to avoid talking about their divorce with some family members altogether. For example, the topic may come up at a family celebration because people have heard about their relative’s decision to divorce and they may ask personal questions or engage in conversation that leads to discomfort. You should never feel forced to disclose information about your divorce with certain family members when you do not want to. When ending a marriage, it is pivotal to have a thorough understanding of your options.

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