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Getting divorced with a serious illness

On Behalf of | Jun 4, 2024 | Firm News

Going through a divorce is never easy. If you are also battling a serious illness, the challenges could feel overwhelming.

It is important to stay positive and review strategies to navigate this transition with grace.

Communication and organization

First, make sure to communicate openly with your healthcare providers about the stress you are experiencing, as they may be able to offer additional support or resources to help you cope. Lean on your support system during this time. Friends, family members and support groups can provide emotional support, practical assistance and a listening ear when you need it most. Do not be afraid to ask for help when you need it, and remember that it is okay to take time for yourself to rest and recharge.

Take care of practical matters early on to alleviate stress. Organize important documents, communicate openly with your ex-partner about shared responsibilities and ensure that your rights and interests are protected during the divorce process. Practice self-care regularly to nurture your physical, emotional and mental well-being.

Looking forward

Focus on building a positive future for yourself. While divorce and illness can be incredibly difficult, they can also be opportunities for growth and self-discovery. Set goals for yourself, whether they are related to your health, career or personal life, and take small steps each day to work towards achieving them.

Remember that healing takes time, and it is okay to feel a range of emotions as you work through this period in your life. Do not feel ashamed or alone. In 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 673,000 marriages ended in divorce. By prioritizing your health and taking care of yourself, you can find strength and resilience as you work through divorce while battling a serious illness.