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Dealing with a mental breakdown during divorce

Ending your marriage can bring up a number of hardships, not only in terms of legal issues, the well-being of your children and finances, but your emotions as well. Some people suffer mental breakdowns as a result of the divorce process, whether they are getting ready for a divorce, are overwhelmed by legal problems in the courtroom or are struggling with post-divorce family law issues.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 782,000 couples brought their marriage to an end during 2018 (based on data from 45 states). Although the divorce process is particularly tough for some people from an emotional viewpoint, and often full of uncertainty, it is crucial to make the best decisions for your future and approach the end of your marriage carefully.

How can divorce cause a mental breakdown?

For starters, ending your marriage could result in high levels of stress, causing you to suffer a mental breakdown. Some people have panic attacks while others need to consult a mental health professional as a result of the hardships they are facing, whether they are severely depressed, develop an anxiety disorder or cannot function in daily life because of their emotions. From stress about a child custody dispute to uncertainty over how marital property is split up and dealing with daily legal hurdles, the process of ending your marriage can cause some people to lose their mental stability.

How can mental hardships impact people during and after divorce?

If you sustain a mental breakdown while ending your marriage, it is important to recognize the different ways in which this could affect your divorce. If your mental challenges interfere with your energy and attitude, not to mention your free time, this is often very counterproductive (especially if you are involved in a bitter dispute over the custody of your child).