Looking for answers in faith, some divorced people struggle

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Property Division on Monday, June 13, 2016.

In tough times, many people in Illinois turn toward their religious faith for support. But when it comes to divorce, many people find they cannot receive the comfort and guidance they seek in religion.

An article in the Huffington Post examines the problems that many religious people run into when they expect help from their houses of worship in moving on post-divorce. In one four-year study, divorced people reported feeling isolated from their congregation, and the sense that congregants were a source of judgment and gossip, rather than emotional and spiritual support.

The study does not point to any one religion; members of six different faiths were involved.

Aside from lack of support from fellow congregants, for many people another issue is a lack of resources available from their religious institution. A separate study of 26 Christian churches in Indiana found that just three had any sort of post-divorce resources for congregants.

Still, many people in the first study said they found comfort in the rituals and worship services of their faiths.

It is important that you have a support network to help you adjust to life after divorce. This can include a number of people, including friends, family and, in many cases, a therapist. It often also includes religious institutions.

A divorce attorney should always be part of that support system. A skilled attorney will fight for your rights, while also knowing how to negotiate so that you will be in a good position financially, and as a parent.

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