Your Support System

When you are going through a stressful separation or divorce, it is important to have a solid support system, a team of people who help you through this tough situation. Your lawyer is your advocate for all things legal, but what about when you leave your lawyer's office? Who else should you make sure you have on your team?

If kids are involved, you definitely want to make sure you have a babysitter. www.Care.com is an excellent database for local, trustworthy babysitters. Most Care.com sitters elect to have a background check completed as part of their sitter profile, so you know that these are reputable, safe, caregivers.

Another person you might want to consider is a therapist. Regardless of your view of therapy, a therapist is beneficial because he/she is a neutral person who will listen to your stress, anxiety, or anger and often will provide or suggest coping strategies for that stress or anger.

Finally, consider your friends and family. Upon whom can you rely to be with you in court, to lend an ear when you are frustrated, or to help you destress? Gather those people around you, let them know you are going through a difficult time, and lean on them when you need to.