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How to Deal with Meddling People During Separation and Divorce

It’s like this friend wants to wallow in my misery. I don’t need it. I’m trying to heal and move forward with my life.

Do you know people like that?

People who want to dwell on what a louse your ex is or probe you for juicy details you’d rather not share?

Sometimes people ask questions because they are concerned. Their hearts may be in the right place but they don’t know how to help you heal from divorce. Others are just looking for a juicy story or some gossip. You probably know some of each.

Four Warning Signs

People who just want to wallow in your misery because they love drama will likely bring you down.

Beware if the person

  1. Is quick to share the latest updates or gossip about your ex,
  2. Focuses their conversations with you on how you’ve been done wrong,
  3. Seems to enjoy dragging you through the mud of your divorce,
  4. Asks questions that are too personal.

People who exhibit these patterns do not help you heal from divorce.

Don’t Fall Prey!

You can politely stand up for yourself. You have a right to set boundaries. Start by clarifying them in your own head.

  • You have the right to determine what you want to share, with whom you wish to share it, and when you want to share it.
  • You have the right to choose to work through the pain of divorce and heal rather than wallow in it just because someone else finds it interesting.
  • You have a right to set the past behind you and move forward.

Refuse to Go Where They Lead

When you feel like someone is pushing you beyond your limit about your separation and divorce, you can learn to set boundaries by respectfully saying such things as:

  • “Thanks for your concern but I’ve nothing I want to share on that topic.”
  • “I’ve decided to stop looking back and start looking forward.”
  • “I wish he were different but he isn’t so I need to accept that and can get on with my life.”
  • “I’m not interested in talking about my ex.”
  • “I never want to trash talk my children’s other parent, especially if the kids can hear me.”
  • “Let’s not go there, it just drags me down.”

Think About It

Is there anyone in your life who is holding you back from healing by asking probing questions or dwelling on how you’ve been done wrong? What right do you need to claim when dealing with this person?

Christian Help Healing from Divorce:

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.    Philippians 4:8-9 NIV

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About the Author

Renee Smith Ettline wants to support you as you deal with the turmoil of separation and work toward healing from divorce.  For step-by-step help with healing from divorce, read her award-winning book, Peace after Divorce which has been recognized as an exemplary Christian self-help book by the Illumination Book Awards.

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2 Comments on How to Deal with Meddling People During Separation and Divorce

  1. Pam Hansen says:

    great article, There are only TWO people in a marriage . Those with integrity know that

    • Renee Ettline says:

      Thank you Pam!

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