Any major life change can induce anxiety or mental crisis.

Such significant life events include:

  • Having children
  • Moving to a new town
  • Starting a career
  • Losing a loved one

Divorce can be so much more. Divorce is one significant life change with the ability to manifest the feelings associated with nearly all significant life events at once. Along with anxiety, divorce leaves its sufferers insecure, lonely, and in the grips of the grieving process.

Identifying Divorce Anxiety

It is imperative to identify, seek counseling, and possibly medical treatment for the symptoms brought on by divorce anxiety. While many of these feelings last only a short time, they can be overwhelming and potentially debilitating.

Symptoms of divorce anxiety include:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Sweating
  • Chills
  • Dizziness
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Nausea
  • Shaking
  • Fear

It is helpful for a divorcing spouse to watch for events that trigger these feelings, like court dates or custody exchanges, and share this information with their therapist and divorce attorney.

Managing Divorce Anxiety

The best way to manage divorce anxiety is to build a strong support team. This team needs to include a medical doctor, a therapist, and an experienced attorney.

Anxiety is a medical condition. It shares many of its symptoms with other medical issues. Do not assume anxiety is the problem and forgo a medical examination.

A medical doctor can provide an anxiety diagnosis and prescribe medication when appropriate. They can also recommend other methods of helping the body process anxiety and stay healthy throughout the divorce.

A mental health professional, whether a therapist, psychologist, or counselor, is a valuable asset to any divorce team. These professionals offer divorcing spouses useful tools and advice to move through a divorce and restart their lives.

Being in a safe, quiet space allows an anxious spouse to discuss any fears, concerns, and symptoms they are experiencing. A therapist will help a spouse recognize the cause of their anxiety and address any symptoms as they appear throughout the day.

An Experienced Divorce Attorney

An experienced attorney can eliminate the biggest feeder of anxiety: fear. An attorney can offer guidance, protection, and answers to destroy the fear of the divorce process.

When a spouse adds an experienced divorce attorney to their team, they are gaining a source of legal knowledge and past real-life court experience. An attorney will explain state divorce law as it applies to a spouse’s circumstances in an understandable way. A divorce attorney will also relate how similar cases have settled or been ruled on in the past.

With an attorney, a spouse does not have to stand alone against the opposing spouse or their attorney in court or negotiations. An attorney acts as a buffer between the sides to protect and shield their client.

An attorney will advise on which battles to fight and when it is appropriate to settle. They will have suggestions and creative options for complex assets and parenting problems.

All legal paperwork and filings are handled by the attorney, along with any court scheduling. This means filings will be done correctly and on time. Matters before the judge will be set in advance, and the attorney will be ready to proceed.

There are so many ways that an experienced attorney can help an anxious spouse through a divorce. Learn more by meeting with an attorney in your area today.

Contact an Experienced California Divorce Attorney Today

Do not let divorce anxiety get the best of you. Start building your support team today.

Fernandez & Karney’s experienced family law attorneys are available to walk you through California’s divorce process. We will protect your legal rights and contend with your divorce matters, allowing you to focus on your mental health.

Do not wait to get the divorce help you need. Contact Fernandez & Karney today.