Where is Everybody? Losing Friends After a Divorce
You love hanging out with your friends. You are always there for them when they are sad or going through a tough time in life. You expect the same now that you’re going through a divorce, but you see that the friendship you displayed to others is not being reciprocated.
Your friends don’t invite you out anymore. You try calling and texting, but they don’t respond. It seems as though everyone has fallen off the face of the planet now that you have announced your divorce.
What’s going on? Your friends were there for you when your parents died and your boyfriend cheated on you, but now that you’re dealing with a divorce, things are drastically different. Why?
It all boils down to one word: fear. People fear change and the unknown, and if your friends have never experienced a divorce before, you can bet they are scared.
People don’t want to grieve. They want to be happy. They don’t want to see you hurting. They do have empathy for you, for the most part, but they don’t know how to show it.
Also, friends and family tend to take sides after a divorce. They may not agree with your behavior, if it led to the divorce. So if they’re siding with your spouse, they may be avoiding you.
Another thing to consider is that divorce is still seen as a stigma in certain cultures and societies. Divorce has become more acceptable in the United States, but some religions still see it as bad. Many people have personal beliefs that see divorce as something that should be avoided at all costs. So seeing you going through a divorce could be against their beliefs, causing them to keep their distance.
Another possibility you might not have considered is that there may be some jealousy involved. Now that you’re single, you may be seen as a threat to your friends. Your friends may think you are going to take their partners now that you’re single. This may seem far-fetched, but it’s a common reason why friends suddenly disappear from a divorced person’s life.
In short, your friends may be disappearing because they don’t know what else to do. Divorce is an uncomfortable event for all involved. Your friends may reappear in your life later or you may lose them forever.
Seek Legal Help
Friends are people you are supposed to rely on, but after a divorce, you will learn who your true friends really are. Divorce can be challenging for people to accept, and for many people, it still carries a stigma.
Dealing with the effects of a divorce can be difficult. Get the help you need from Fort Lauderdale divorce lawyer Edward J. Jennings, P.A. We have the skills and experience to guide you through the process and get you the best outcome possible. To schedule a consultation with our office, fill out the online form or call 954-764-4330.