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Adjusting to Divorce

A divorce is a traumatic experience for everyone in your family, but it can be especially damaging to children. At Family Counseling Center, we offer divorce adjustment counseling for adults and children during this difficult transition. Sometimes after divorce, children experience depression, anger, behavioral problems and lower academic performance. Some younger children may regress to habits like wetting the bed or speaking in a baby voice. These are all symptoms that reflect the trauma of the situation and adjusting to these changes can take time.

How to Get Through a Divorce

Psychological counseling can help children and adolescents to adjust to the changes of divorce and to minimize its negative impact. Counseling can also help parents to understand the best way to manage their children during this transition period. Adults frequently need counseling to manage divorce as well. This is particularly true for the spouse who does not want a divorce but is forced to accept it. Depression and anxiety problems are common results, and treatment is designed to minimize the negative impact of the divorce and help the individual manage the changes thrust upon him/her. Parent-child relationships often change during divorce and parents need help learning how to cope with new responsibilities.

Custodial parents often feel overwhelmed by the increased responsibility of being a single parent and also experience considerable anger toward their spouse, which sometimes is translated into interference with visitation. Non-custodial parents may have to manage their children alone for the first time in their lives. Some tend to withdraw, rather than face the responsibility, while others simply do not know how to care for young children. All of these issues are appropriate for counseling and psychotherapy.

Why Do People Get Divorced?

Between 40 and 50 percent of married couples in the USA get divorced. The following reasons have been identified as the most common factors leading to divorce:

  • Over-the-top negative criticism
  • Infidelity
  • Financial problems
  • Communication issues
  • Inequality in marriage
  • Unrealistic assumptions about married life
  • Physical and emotional abuse/abuse of substances
  • Lack of intimacy

Contact Us for Help Getting Through a Divorce

If you and your family need help with coping mechanisms after a divorce, call the Family Counseling Center in Murray, Utah. Our licensed counselors are here to help you adjust to new living situations, financial obligations, parenting responsibilities and more. Contact us at 801-261-3500 to schedule an appointment.