Protecting Your Mental Health in Divorce

Protecting Your Mental Health in Divorce
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Gemma Scourfield
Gemma Scourfield
Divorce & Family Law Solicitor
Woolley & Co Solicitors

Divorce can often cast a shadow on your mental well-being amidst the whirlwind of legal proceedings, daily responsibilities, and emotional upheaval. Understanding that it’s normal to feel overwhelmed is the first step in safeguarding your mental health. According to research from Science Direct, the emotional distress of ending a relationship intensifies when children are involved, introducing feelings of guilt alongside a myriad of other emotions. This is echoed by findings from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, which indicate that children also deeply feel the impact of their parents’ separation, potentially leading to emotional and behavioural issues.

In 2022 alone, England and Wales saw approximately 80,000 divorces, underscoring the prevalence of marital breakdowns and the importance of managing their emotional consequences. It’s essential for parents navigating mental health in divorce to seek support not only for themselves but also for their children. Resources like those provided by the Royal College of Psychiatrists can be invaluable during these trying times.

Legal support plays a pivotal role in mitigating stress during divorce. Opting for a lawyer who prioritizes non-confrontational approaches can alleviate much of the emotional strain. It’s important to choose a solicitor who communicates clearly, without overwhelming you with legal jargon, and respects your pace throughout the decision-making process. Inquiring about fixed fees can also prevent financial concerns from adding to your stress.

Moreover, if you find the emotional toll of divorce challenging to bear, remember that support is available. Organizations such as Parenting Lives, Relate, and Family Lives offer advice, support, and resources to help you manage stress and navigate the emotional journey of divorce.

Remember, taking steps to protect your mental health in divorce is not just crucial for your well-being but also for your children’s. Amidst the chaos of divorce, prioritising self-care and seeking appropriate support can pave the way for healing and resilience.

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About Gemma Scourfield

Gemma is a divorce and family law solicitor with Woolley & Co, Solicitors based in Pembrokeshire West Wales. She has been based in Wales since qualifying in 2007 although has clients throughout the UK and abroad. In 2016, Gemma was accredited as an Advanced Family Law Panel Member with the Law Society which recognises her expertise in domestic abuse and financial relief.

Gemma qualified as a family law solicitor in 2007, she joined Woolley & Co from a regional firm in Wales in August 2021.

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