The Emotional Toll of Divorce

The Emotional Toll of Divorce

Every person internalizes stress and sadness differently, and divorce proceedings can take a hefty toll on a party’s emotional and psychological health. As family law attorneys, we see clients go through everything from heartbreak to anger and we support them at every stage of their emotional process.

It is imperative, though, that individuals going through high-stress custody or divorce cases seek support elsewhere as well. It is expected that an individual going through a divorce would be struggling emotionally and psychologically. There are many options for someone in that position to seek help and support.

There are support groups for individuals going through divorce or recovering from divorce. There are a multitude of options. There are women’s groups, men’s groups, religious groups, groups for battered spouses, etc.

Individual therapy is an option for those who do not prefer a group setting. It is important to look for and find a therapist whose methods support your own processes and coping mechanisms, and there is no shortage of therapists specializing in the emotional effects of divorce and/or separation.

There are books written by individuals who have gone through the divorce process and who share their personal experiences that may prove helpful for some.

If a party to a divorce is experiencing high levels of stress, sadness, or another problematic psychological or emotional side effect of the process, it is important that he or she seek help above and beyond their legal counsel to ensure that they are successful in moving on post-divorce.


To schedule an appointment with one of our attorneys or for further information, call us at LaMonaca Law, at (610) 892-3877

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About Alicia Fastman

Alicia Fastman graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, then went on to complete her Juris Doctorate at the Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, DE. Alicia graduated from law school with pro bono distinction, completed a Certificate in Criminal Law, and focused her intensive studies within the fields of litigation and trial advocacy. Alicia joined LaMonaca Law in April of 2011 and is a Partner at the firm. She was selected as a Top Lawyer in Main Line Magazine in 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2019 in the areas of Family Law and Divorce and has been named as a Best Lawyer in the areas of Adoption and Trial in the Delaware County Daily Times. Alicia is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, and is a member of the Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and Delaware County Bar Associations. Alicia resides in Delaware County with her dog, Leonard. In her time outside of the courtroom or office, she enjoys creating art, listening to podcasts, and spending time with friends and family.