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Support groups may help people deal with divorce

Emotional challenges can often be the hardest part of ending a marriage. Like many personal issues, support from others can be helpful. In Ontario, a real estate agent who struggled during his divorce is turning his difficulty into an opportunity for others through a support group. 

Due to the founder's real estate expertise, the group's benefits include helping people sell a marital home after a divorce. He realized in his real estate career that many homes went on the market due to marriage dissolution. After going through his own marital breakdown, decided that the emotional aspects of this undertaking required a support group.

Along with home sales, the group also includes professionals such as accountants, a child protection worker and a life coach. All professionals volunteer their time to help those in the group. The founder hopes the group will inject some positively into the lives of others who are struggling with the major life changes that come with divorce. Going through a breakup alone is painful, but thanks to groups like this it may not be necessary.

The divorce and separation group is growing, with members from other parts of Ontario seeking similar support. Individuals can seek support from this and similar groups not only to get information and get moral support for what they are going though, but also to speak to others and possibly save their marriages. According to the founder, the group is not designed to break up families but rather to provide education and support at every stage of a potential marital dissolution. Along with groups like this, a lawyer is an important resource for anyone undergoing this significant life change.

Source: Toronto - CBC News, "Milton divorce support group focuses on helping people sell the family home after a split", March 25, 2018

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