Traumatic situations always seem to converge at the worst times. This is certainly your reality if you are simultaneously dealing with divorce and health issues. Both are tough to handle in the best of circumstances; together, they can make you feel hopeless about your future. No matter how terrible you feel at the moment, however, you canget through this. Read on to learn how:

Seek New Sources of Emotional Support

At one time, you turned to your spouse for support as you dealt with the emotional turmoil of your illness. If your ex has previously been your sole source of emotional solace, you may now feel tempted to stew on your own. This will only make matters worse.

Reaching out is difficult, but ultimately, worthwhile. Seek support from close friends, family members, or a therapist. Their unwavering support could make all the difference at this difficult time.

Continue to Follow Your Doctor’s Directions

In the midst of divorce, it’s easy to neglect both your physical and mental health. You may be occupied by attorney consults and court procedures, but you’ll want to set aside time for medical appointments and self-care. Take prescribed medications, maintain a healthy diet, and try your best to get sufficient sleep. These efforts will keep you healthy — and sane — as you navigate the divorce process.

Keep Your Lawyer in the Loop

Some clients neglect to disclose their health status to their lawyers, as they assume their medical woes have little to do with their legal situation. In reality, however, your health care concerns can play a considerable role in your divorce. Alimony, child support, and parenting time may all be impacted by your illness; let your attorney in on your concerns early on to ensure the best possible outcome.

The Brown Law Offices can provide much-needed support as you deal with difficult life circumstances. Contact us today to learn more about our compassionate approach to family matters.

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Cynthia Brown is a founding shareholder with the Brown Law Offices, P.A., a northwest Twin Cities divorce and family law firm. She is an honors graduate of the University of South Dakota and William Mitchell College of Law. Cynthia’s practice focuses almost exclusively

Cynthia Brown is a founding shareholder with the Brown Law Offices, P.A., a northwest Twin Cities divorce and family law firm. She is an honors graduate of the University of South Dakota and William Mitchell College of Law. Cynthia’s practice focuses almost exclusively on divorce and family law issues. She publishes a monthly family law column for the Minnesota Lawyer newspaper, and has contributed to Divorce Magazine and The Family Law Forum. Cynthia also serves as a panel attorney for the Anoka County Family Law Clinic.