Divorcing millennials may find a lack of support among peers

Divorce rates are increasing among those in the baby boom generation, while they are decreasing among younger people. That's partly because people in their 20s and 30s aren't as likely to marry as people of their parents' and grandparents' generation at that age.

Therefore, when young adults (frequently referred to as millennials) divorce, they often find themselves without friends and acquaintances in their age group who can relate to what they're going through. They may even find that their friends are shocked to hear of their break-up.

Making things more difficult, their friends may be at the point where they are just now marrying and starting families. This can make socializing awkward if your marriage is breaking up and you're dealing with being a single parent or co-parenting.

If you're a young adult going through a divorce, you may face challenges in finding emotional support for yourself and your kids. While divorce may not have been unusual among parents when you were a child, your children may not have any friends whose parents are divorced. Help your kids to be able to explain to friends and classmates that their parents live in two different houses.

There are plenty of sources of support out there. Look online for local groups for young, single parents. You can find a community of people dealing with the same things you are, and your kids can make new friends.

If you're having difficulty dealing with this new phase of your life, a therapist or support group can help. Your New York family law attorney can likely recommend some resources in your area.

Source: Huffington Post, "Divorce and The Millennial: How to Cope When Your Peers Don’t Relate," Karen Bigman, Oct. 03, 2017

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