Your Social Life
It is impossible to know for sure how you will be affected by divorce. But there are many considerations that will give you a better sense of what may happen. Below are a series of questions about different aspects of your life after a divorce.
Your Social Life. Many people report having a difficult time maintaining friendships and feeling lonely after divorce. This exercise is designed to help you understand how a divorce may affect your social life. (A later part of this exercise will focus specifically on romantic relationships after divorce. For now, think about friendships and family relationships.)
Friends. Who are your strongest friends and how might those friendships be affected by a divorce? (Next you will focus on relationships with family members.) Write down your thoughts about this:
|Name of Friend||How might your relationship be affected by a divorce? Why?|
Family. Of course, family relationships are often the most important part of our social lives. Now consider how divorce may affect your social relationships with various family members. Include relationships with, for instance, parents, siblings, extended family, and in-laws. Consider how divorce may affect your relationship with your children. (Next you will focus on your relationship with your ex-spouse.) Write down your thoughts about this:
|Name of Family Member||How might your relationship be affected by a divorce? Why?|