Going through a divorce is extremely stressful and it is important to ensure that you are getting support during a divorce, throughout the whole process. Everyone has their own ways of dealing with stress but the following are options should be considered to help with your emotional needs:

1. Family Support

It will be very important to talk to your family during a divorce. They know you well and will understand your needs and are therefore in a good position to help you as and when you need it. Educating your family as to the stages of a divorce and providing regular updates will enable you to be supported through the process and voice your concerns and ask for advice when you need it the most. Most lawyers are happy to speak with family members if authorised by the client to do so.

2. Support from Friends

Friends are a vital source of support. They can be there to help you when you are upset or when you just need to have a chat about what is happening. If your friends know what you are going through, they can be there to help you through it.

3. Advice from Colleagues 

Colleagues are the people that we often see the most of and so they can be a very beneficial source of advice and support. Colleagues will often be impartial and as such are well placed to encourage you to make decisions and to offer advice as and when you may need it. Also, if you are struggling to come to terms with your separation it is important that your employer is aware of your situation to ensure you have the support you need at work.

4. Your GP 

You should advise your GP of your change of circumstance. GPs should be a source of support and will have the professional connections to direct you to the right people and organisations should you need additional help and guidance.

5. Relate Counselling 

Relate offers counselling for both couples and individuals. They are able to assist with specific problems in a relationship and are there just to support you if that is what you need. Sometimes an impartial and trained counsellor may be the best person to turn to as they can assist you through your emotional struggle and will be able to help you to understand what you are going through and to move on from it.

6. Exercise and Hobbies

Exercise can be a great release of stress so engaging in some daily exercise will help. It is also worth considering enrolling on a course or taking up a new hobby as a distraction away from your separation.

7. Your Divorce Lawyer

Your divorce lawyer will be very familiar with the divorce process and will be used to supporting clients through this difficult time. They will expect to be a source of support during this stressful period and are obviously equipped to provide you with the advice that you need!

Mediation offers a good ground to enable the parties to resolve matters that they may not previously have been able to agree on. Compromise is encouraged through discussion. rhw Solicitors have a trained mediation lawyer who is happy to offer her impartial services to help to reach a resolution through discussion and communication between the parties involved in a divorce.

Your divorce lawyer can only do so much and are a very expensive sounding board for the daily emotions that result from a separation. By ensuring that you have the right support outside of the legal process will not only keep your legal bills to a minimum but will also equip you in moving on from your separation.


rhw divorce solicitors in Guildford were established over 100 years ago so we’ve been around long enough to demonstrate our excellence. With this you can be sure of the very best service whilst also getting support during a divorce.

Need a call to discuss your divorce matters? rhw’s Family Law Team can be contacted on 01483 302000 or family@rhw.co.uk