There are many different family law matters which can create a great deal of uncertainty and stress, from difficult disputes over how custody will be split up to property division and even the divorce process in general. Sometimes, people turn to family members for support while they are dealing with these hurdles, while others may have difficulty speaking to others about their circumstances. It can be very helpful to discuss family law issues you are facing with those you love, but there are a number of things to keep in mind as well.

In some instances, family members may not fully support a person’s decision to divorce, or they may not understand the ins and outs of someone’s situation. For example, a parent, sibling or extended family member may believe that someone should have tried to stay in a marriage and make things work out. Unfortunately, this can be counterproductive, so it is important to focus on your best interests if you are struggling with friends and family members who disagree with your decisions.

On the other hand, talking with those you love about the divorce-related issues you are dealing with may help you manage some of the negative emotions that can arise during these times and provide you with reassurance. You may also want to speak with a legal professional to make sure that the approach you are taking to your divorce (or any family law topic) is appropriate and that you have done everything you can to protect your interests.