Divorce is a pretty private and personal matter. However, there’ll come a time when you need to let others know that you’re getting a divorce. Making divorce announcements can be pretty tricky. Still, there are a few ways you can make these announcements easier…
Divorce Announcements: Doing It Right
Who to tell
Divorce announcements don’t need to be made to everyone you know. Instead, it can be better to focus on those who are the closest to you. These are the ones who may have the most shakeup from your divorce, aside from you, your spouse, and your kids. As such, it’s good to tell them before others.
Of course, you should tell your kids first. Be sure you do so together and in a way that your kids can understand. From there, you should then tell your close family. After that, it’s good to let your close friends know. As they will be a large part of your support network, the sooner you tell them, the sooner they can help you.
What to say
Aside from who you tell, you also have to consider what you say in these announcements. This will mainly depend on what kind of announcements you want to make. Plus, you should also think about what to say when other people ask you if you’re getting a divorce.
In-person announcements are good for when you want to have a serious and personal talk with those like your friends and family. Here, you can go into some more detail as to why you’re divorcing, and how you feel. For others who you don’t really want to talk to, you can simply give them a brief statement saying that while you are divorcing, you don’t want to talk about it and want your privacy respected.
Preparing for responses
You should consider too what people may say in response to your divorce announcements. For instance, your kids may have a very strong and emotional response. Meanwhile, while your friends and family may be shocked, they’ll also probably be supportive. Sometimes, though, you may get a reaction you don’t expect.
It’s possible that someone you considered to be close to you will respond poorly to your divorce. As such, they may start trying to lay blame for it on you. When this happens, it’s important that you don’t pay it any mind, as they don’t understand what’s really going on. Don’t try and get into an argument, and instead, just say you’re sorry they feel that way and end your conversation there.