Accessing mental toughness when engaged in family law disputes

Filing for divorce, weathering a child custody dispute and trying to obtain orders of protection are emotionally taxing processes. In order to successfully see your family law case to the end in healthy ways, it is critical that you prepare yourself mentally. Mental toughness is invaluable when opposing counsel, your former spouse, your abuser or any other party with an interest in your situation tries to make you feel that your case is weaker than it is.

It is normal to feel stress, anxiety, confusion, anger, sadness and frustration about the family law process. The key is to acknowledge, feel and process these emotions in healthy ways that will not impact your case for the worse. It is vital that you have some sort of support system at this time that can help you process your negative emotions. Counselors, supportive friends and online communities can be good places to start building your support system.

It is also important to take excellent care of yourself at this time and to develop strong emotional responses to the process for the better. Books, music and exercise can help you tap into the parts of the process that are empowering you to build a bright and healthy future for yourself. Just as it is normal to feel sadness and stress about your situation, it is also normal to feel bold, capable and energetic about resolving it and moving on.

Mental toughness will help you to move through and past your family law dispute successfully. As a result, it will benefit you to embrace the challenge of building up this asset and exercising it when necessary.

Source: Huffington Post, “14 Things No One Tells You About Divorce,” Nov. 11, 2013

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