How Mediation Can Help Minimize the Emotional Toll of Divorce

Psychological Aspect of DivorceGetting divorced is more than just a legal process of splitting up; it is also one of life’s most stressful events. Divorce mediation, a facilitative process that takes place outside of court, is a less stressful option for divorcing than traditional divorce and/or litigation. Let’s discuss how mediation can help with the psychological aspect of divorce in NYC.


What Are Some Psychological Implications of Going Through Divorce?


Going through a divorce is not only stressful but it can trigger all kinds of emotions.  Emotions may range from stress, anxiety, depression, and even low self-confidence.


Stress and Anxiety During Divorce is Normal


Everyone knows that going through a divorce is one of the most stressful life events.  Even if both spouses are on good terms, divorce is still stressful.  On the other hand, if they are not even speaking to each other, it can worsen the situation.  This is when a New York divorce mediator can help you by acting as a neutral 3rd party that helps facilitate the necessary conversations for divorce.  They can help enable conversations regarding child custody and support, division of assets, and more.


Some People May Experience Depression During Divorce


The thought of being alone after being in a marriage for many years may cause some people to become depressed.  Divorce can be an isolating experience.  Furthermore, the thought of starting a new life alone can be a difficult concept to accept. If you are experiencing depression, know that there is help and you are not alone.  Reach out to friends and family and ask them for their support.  You can also seek the assistance of a counselor or psychologist.


Children May Also Blame Themselves for Divorce


It is normal for younger children to wonder why their parents are splitting up and they are too young to comprehend the reality of what happened.  They may start to feel guilty as if they did something wrong or played a part in their parent's divorcing. In this case, it is important to reassure your child or children that the divorce has nothing to do with them.


Divorce Can Also Impact One’s Self-Confidence


Getting divorced can trigger feelings of failure or not being good enough; especially If one was rejected by their spouse or cheated on. Self-confidence may have to be built up after a divorce because divorce can affect one’s self-esteem.


Divorce mediation empowers both parties to agree on their future. This gives them more control over the outcome vs. a court-ordered decision in which the outcome might not be what might be expected and is completely decided by the judge. Divorce mediation is also less adversarial and instead more cooperative, which helps reduce conflict.


Mediation also helps protect children because it fosters communication between the parties so that they can remain focused on what is in the best interest of the children.  When the parents can work through the tough decisions in divorce mediation and resolve the issues with the assistance of a mediation professional, it is often resolved more quickly than a litigated divorce. It helps protect the children from conflict and emotional trauma.


Another benefit of mediation is that it is private whereas litigation is more public as it occurs before a judge in a public courtroom.


Are You Ready to Explore Divorce Mediation as an Option for Your Divorce in New York?


Call Sabra Law Group today at (646) 472-7971 to schedule a confidential session and start the process of a less adversarial divorce.



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