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8 things to do when you’re divorcing

1. Don’t use the children as pawns to get back at your ex-partner – it’s the children that will suffer
2. Don’t criticise ex-partners on social media – Ever heard the saying, ‘Anything you say can and will be held against you?’ It’s true! In court or otherwise, it will be held against you. If you’ve got nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.
3. Contact the child support agency and ask for an assessment of the maintenance amount for any children of the marriage. This takes one very controversial issue out of the equation.
4. Get counselling – talk to your local GP. They can help you with a mental health care plan with a number of appointments for free or at a reduced cost. You’d see a doctor for a broken arm, make sure you take this important step. Divorce is one of the 5 most stressful events in a person’s life.
5. Ask people for their support – lean on your family; sisters, brothers, parents, friends; they are usually aware of the defects in your relationship. They can help. Let them.
6. Do things you know improve your mental health. Divorce is tough; have a list of things that lift your mood and do them often. Maybe it’s swimming, a movie, reading a book, fishing, a pedicure, or walking on the beach. Do what you know gets you out of your head.
7. Avoid drinking – You’ll be great for a couple of hours then there’s a high likelihood you’ll feel more depressed the next day. Not only that, we see a lot of men that get booked for drink-driving, then they lose their licence, their job. It can be a very fast spiral. Grab a coke instead!

If your relationship has broken down, we can help. Contact Yeppoon Lawyers for an appointment 07 4925 0229 or email reception@yeppoonlawyers.com.au