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When a friend divorces, you can help out in many different ways

When women go through a divorce, they have a myriad of issues to deal with -- property division, child custody issues, developing visitation and parenting plans with their soon-to-be ex-spouse. Frequently these issues can seem all-consuming to the people closest to them.

As women transition from being part of a married couple to being single again, they will need a big support system. Friends are often willing and able to help, but sometimes don't always know what it is exactly that women going through a divorce need.

In reality, a few seeming simple gestures can go a long way toward making the process better for everyone:

  • Be a good listener. Divorcing women need a sounding board to discuss their issues -- you don't have to be a therapist, just listen in a nonjudgmental fashion.
  • Be the strong one. Your divorcing friend will have times where emotions take over, and again, you can be that shoulder to cry on without issuing judgment or advice.
  • Be available. Time is likely to run short for women who now have one less person to help with car pools or errands or other daily activities.
  • Be available during the holidays. Your friend might have nobody to spend Thanksgiving or Christmas with unless you offer.
  • Be a resource. Do some of the legwork for your friend to help with finding a therapist, real estate agent, or whatever is needed.
  • Be fun. Your friend might not think it's important to go to the gym or to a movie once in a while -- you need to remind her that her batteries need to be recharged.

Source: The Huffington Post, "What Do Divorcing Women Want And Need?" Paula H. Noe and Betsy Ross, May 9, 2012

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