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Is there a right way to tell people about your divorce?

Telling people about your divorce can leave you feeling uncomfortable and vulnerable. However, in some circumstances, you may need to share some information about your split. 

Knowing how to share the news of your divorce without oversharing can help you prevent the embarrassment of feeling like you have an audience watching your every move. 

Organizing your story

At the onset of your divorce, decide which parts of your story you will choose to share. According to Psychology Today, decide how you want others to view your divorce. Determine how you want to phrase your story and how you want to respond to common questions that people may ask. 

You can design an elevator speech for your divorce. Practice stating general facts, void of sensitive details, and learn to express your emotions with control. Doing this will boost your confidence when people approach you with questions and you can feel prepared to address their inquiries. 

Maintaining class and dignity

One of the worst things you can do is to publicly post about your split on social media. While you may feel tempted to tell people about the betrayal, loss or anger you feel, doing so in such a public and irrational manner can hurt your reputation. Posting to social media may also impact legal proceedings, cause distraction and start rumors that could have lasting repercussions. 

Maintaining class and preserving your dignity can protect your emotions. It can also reduce the chances you end up hurting other relationships you care about. Once your divorce is in your rearview, you will never regret maintaining your integrity.