Our divorce lawyers in Chandler AZ understand that people go through a grieving process when they end a marriage. You have ended a relationship, and along with it, your hopes and dreams for the relationship have also died.
Stages of Grief in a Divorce
We have found that our clients typically go through the following six stages of grief. In some cases, the order might change or they might go through two of the stages at nearly the same time. Even so, this guideline helps you understand where you are in the grieving process as your marriage ends.
- Shock – You can’t believe that your partner wants a divorce as it seemed to hit you from nowhere.
- Denial – You can’t believe that this is actually happening to you, and you think your partner might change his or her mind.
- Anger – You vow to make your partner pay for what he or she is doing, which might include threats that your ex will never see the children again.
- Bargaining – You promise to change if your partner will give you just one last chance or you might try to negotiate a delay.
- Depression – You don’t care what happens and lose interest in certain aspects of your life.
- Acceptance – You are ready to move on with life.
A Normal Process of Life
Part of the normal process of life is dealing with grief. Nearly everyone has gone through grief, and people are created to survive it. The process cannot be rushed or accelerated although events might happen to hinder it. For instance, a second event, such as the death of a close loved one during the divorce, can compound the grief process. In addition, arguments and the adversarial process can cause you to become stuck at the anger stage of grief. Our divorce lawyers in Chandler AZ can work with you to minimize the adversarial aspects of a divorce.
Processing through the Stages of Grief
As noted, the stages of grief fluctuate, and people move through them at different speeds. For example, one spouse might be starting to move into the acceptance stage until the other spouse changes the visitation schedule. The first spouse might regress to anger or depression and need to work through the process again. For suggestions and help if you are stuck in this process, contact our divorce lawyers in Chandler AZ.
Call Our Divorce Lawyers in Chandler AZ
For further help in dealing with the emotional aspect of a divorce, talk to our divorce lawyers in Chandler AZ from the Law Offices of Janice M. Palmer, P.C. at (480) 820-4771 or toll-free at (888) 352-7725.