Divorce can bring about significant changes not only in your marital status,
but also to relationships with others. Divorced people often find that
their social circles change when they no longer share meaningful ties
with an ex’s family or friends.
If you are recently divorced, here’s what you can do to begin rebuilding
your social life:
Seek the comfort and support of close friends. Look to those who have been a solid source of comfort and support during
your divorce. It is important to nurture these relationships, reciprocate
their support, and help your friends understand all that they have meant to you.
Don’t automatically write off old friendships. Just because it may not be the best time to hang onto mutual friendships
that you let go of during a divorce, that does not mean that you can’t
ever reconnect with them in the future. Just give it some time.
Seek out new friendships. Divorce is a time of new beginnings and personal growth, and is an ideal
time to get involved with new hobbies and activities, a new job, and other
opportunities. This is a great opportunity to meet new people and foster
Join a divorce support group. Meeting with people who have had similar experiences is a great way to
build new relationships based on solidarity, trust, and understanding.
Consider volunteering opportunities. Getting out and about to help and interact with others in the community
provides abundant opportunities to network with new people.
Avoid isolating yourself! Feeling sad or lonely after a divorce is normal. Even though it is important
to acknowledge the grieving process, don’t let it keep you from
enjoying relationships with others.
Friendship and community with others is extremely important when it comes
to recovering from a
divorce. Be confident that with a little time and effort, you will reap the many
benefits of a rich and active social life post-divorce.
If you have questions about divorce or other family law topics,
contact McKinley Irvin
to speak with a Seattle divorce attorney, or an attorney with any of our
other Pacific Northwest offices.